Egypt increases electricity to Gaza - official

Gaza / Cairo - Egypt has increased the amount of electricity it provides to Gaza and urged Israel to repair power lines damaged during Israeli bombardment that has left at least one million people without electricity, an Egyptian official said on Saturday.

The official told Reuters that Egypt has added an extra seven megawatts to the 27 it feeds into Gaza and plans to increase that by 15 megawatts more in an effort to alleviate the electricity crisis.

Gaza officials say at least 1 669 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have been killed since the Israeli offensive started on 8 July. Israel says 63 Israeli soldiers have died and three civilians have been killed by Palestinian rockets in Israel. Israel knocked out Gaza's only power plant on Tuesday.

The official said Egypt had also urged Israel to allow the repair of nine lines that feed Gaza with Israeli-generated power that had been damaged during the offensive.

"I believe that by the end of today, three of the nine damaged lines may become operational," the source said on condition of anonymity.

The source and another Egyptian official said that since the start of the current conflict, Egypt has allowed 2 800 tons of medicine and medical items, 800 tons of food, 10 ambulances and 49 tons of dates through the Rafah crossing on the Egypt-Gaza border.

They said in that period, 3 100 patients and 1 200 Palestinians with foreign passports as well as 2 000 Egyptians and Palestinian holders of Egyptian passports were allowed into Egypt through the crossing.

Hamas leaders have called for Cairo to ease curbs at its Rafah crossing with Gaza imposed after the military ousted President Mohammed Mursi, an Islamist, a year ago.

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Jojo Balela 2014/08/02 11:07:42 PM
and we complain when we have load shedding for just a few hours, some people in the world have problems coming from all angles... God give them strength to cope
Jojo Balela 2014/08/02 11:10:27 PM
have you seen the news 24 pics of the bombing in Gaza...
Binte Maya 2014/08/02 11:39:02 PM
Well said jojo!!!
Binte Maya 2014/08/02 11:40:20 PM
Ppl in sa are sooo ungrateful. Always looking at what they don't have instead of counting the things that they do have.!!!
Jeremy Bard 2014/08/03 12:06:13 AM
Oh how kind of the Satan ..... he decides to throw a few bread crumbs .... I wonder what's the catch.
Cyberfriend 2014/08/03 07:22:49 AM
A wise person once said "The isreali Zionists upon whom is the divine wrath ,the people of lies,slander,betrayal,conspiracy and trickery.the killers of Prophets and consumers of usury and bribes.They have the most evil of hearts of all and the worst attitude.There way is enmity and stirring up hatred.They reprsent the house of trickery and lies. They do not see anything wrong in rejecting and disbelieving in Prophets eg Jesus.whom they dont like,they respect not the ties kinship or of covenant.They dont respect the rights of those who agree with them,or show any compassion,nor do they show any justice or fairness to those who work with them.There is no safety and security who mix with them.The most evil amongst them is the most intelligent,and the cleverest of them is the one that cheats the most.They are the most ill tempered of people,with the gloomiest of house and,there greeting is a curse have bad manners and they are filled with hatred." Somehow now with the killing and murder of innocent children it seems true.