IDF: Gaza Strip electrical grid functioning at 74% capacity

The electrical grid in the Gaza Strip is functioning at 74% capacity, up from 40% at the beginning of Operation Cast Lead twenty days ago, the IDF said Thursday. In a statement released Thursday morning, as the army paused its strikes on Hamas terrorists in the strip to allow transfer of humanitarian aid to Gazans, IDF Spokesman Peter Lerner said the state of the electrical supply was "a direct result of the coordination between the IDF, the Palestinian Energy Authority and the International Committee of the Red Cross." Since the beginning of the IDF operation in the Strip, a total of 1,136 trucks of humanitarian supplies have been transferred to Gazans, as well as fuel trucks and medical personnel, the statement added.