Israel Must Up Power Supply to Gaza After Bombing Facility

Israel will have to increase its supply of electricity to the Gaza Strip to make up for the transformer station that it bombed last week.

Israel has been subject to heavy international pressure, particularly from the United States and Britain, government sources said yesterday.

Infrastructure Minister Benjamin Ben-Eliezer presented yesterday's cabinet meeting with various alternatives for supplying additional electricity to Gaza over the next 10 months, the estimated time needed to repair the transformer station.

Israel already supplies part of Gaza's power, but about half of the coastal strip's total power comes from the transformer station that was put out of action last week.

The $150 million station, which is jointly owned by a Palestinian businessman and an American investment company, supplied electricity to some 860,000 Gaza residents.