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Israel Begins Cutting Palestinian Electricity in West Bank, Citing Debts

Palestinian electrical workers inspect power installations in the southern Gaza city of Rafah on June 25, 2019. PHOTO: The Times of Israel/Said Khatib/AFP

Power is expected to be shut off for two hours daily in several Palestinian towns because of unpaid $485 million bill

22 September 2019

THE TIMES OF ISRAEL (AP) — Israel’s national electric company said Sunday it has begun reducing power supplies to Palestinian areas of the West Bank due to a financial dispute.

The Israel Electric Corporation said that it took the step because the Jerusalem District Electricity Co., the Palestinians’ main power distributor, has debts of roughly $485 million.

Ali Hamodeh, an official with the Palestinian distributor, said power is expected to be cut for two hours daily in several Palestinian towns in the coming weeks. […]

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