Israel’s Campaign to Send Gaza Back to the Stone Age The power station, the port, government buildings, and private homes have all fallen prey to Operation Protective Edge. Nine of the 10 people killed in the attack were children and many more were wounded.The power station, the port, government buildings, and private homes have all fallen prey to Operation Protective Edge. GAZA CITY — Israel’s assault on Gaza has hit a new level of intensity as its navy, artillery, drones and F16s rain fire on residents across the besieged strip. As the dust cleared this morning after a night of bombardment that felt as if it would never end, Gaza’s main power plant was out of commission and the already brittle civilian infrastructure lay in shards. The Gaza City port had been bombed and the finance ministry was flattened. Tens of thousands more people had fled their homes as Israeli flares lit up the night sky, and shells and rockets pounded residences, businesses and government buildings. By Tuesday afternoon over 100 more Gazans had been added to the list of more than 1,000 who had died earlier in what Israel calls Operation Protective Edge.