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60 percent of West Bank without power

Dec. 13, 2013 7:22 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 15, 2013 4:58 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Crews worked overtime across the West Bank on Friday after 60 percent of the Palestinian territory's regions were plunged into darkness as a result of severe weather conditions.

Director General of the Jerusalem Electricity Company Said Hisham Omari told Ma'an that there were at least 45 malfunctions in power lines across the West Bank as a result of the ongoing storm, and that although crews were working to fix them adverse driving conditions were inhibiting their work.

The majority of the power line malfunctions are located inside Israel on lines leading to the West Bank, but Israeli authorities are not fixing the malfunctions while also prohibiting the access of Palestinian crews to the areas.

Company crews were able to restore power to 80 percent of areas across large parts of Bethlehem and Jerusalem and are working hard to restore electricity to Ramallah as well, Omari said.

However, the power supply covers only 40 percent of the province as of Friday evening, and 60 percent remains in the dark, he added.
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