Israeli workers, guarded by soldiers, start repair of power lines to Gaza

Marcy Oster

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israel Electric Corp. began repairing power lines that carry electricity from Israel to Gaza damaged in the Israel-Gaza conflict.

The work on the power grids began Wednesday, the state-owned company said in a statement. Workers were guarded by Israeli soldiers in tanks and armored personnel carriers.

Most of the power lines between Israel and Gaza were damaged by rocket fire from both sides in the nearly monthlong war.

While the power lines are being repaired on the Israeli side, there are also power lines in Gaza that were damaged and are not feeding electricity since the Palestinians have not repaired them, the Israel Electric Corp. said.

The work is being coordinated with the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, or COGAT.