* Eight of nine power lines into Gaza damaged
* Egypt plans to increase electricity to Gaza by 22
GAZA/CAIRO Aug 2 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
Gaza officials say at least 1,669 Palestinians, mostly
civilians, have been killed since the Israeli offensive started
on July 8. 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 tonnes of
medicine and medical items, 800 tonnes of food, 10 ambulances
and 49 tonnes of dates through the Rafah crossing on the Egypt-
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 Mohamed Mursi, an Islamist, a year ago.
(Reporting by Nidal al-Mughrabi in Gaza and Yasmine Saleh in
Cairo; Writing by Oliver Holmes; Editing by Stephen Powell)