Saturday, May 27
Latest News
  1. After 40 days, Palestinian prisoners suspend mass hunger strike
  2. Israeli settlers throw garbage, rocks at Palestinian shops in Hebron
  3. Israel releases body of Palestinian teen killed during alleged attack
  4. Israeli forces injure scores of Palestinians during clashes
  5. On eve of Ramadan, some hunger strikers announce plans to fast
  6. EU condemns execution of suspected assassins of Mazen Fuqahaa in Gaza
  7. Hamas warns Israel of 'consequences' if electricity supply is reduced
  8. In Photos: Cities across France hold solidarity sit-ins
  9. Israeli forces detain 8 Palestinians in West Bank raids
  10. 4 Palestinians injured in Qalqiliya clashes

Israeli company threatens to cut West Bank electricity

Aug. 13, 2012 4:00 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 14, 2012 2:24 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- An Israeli electricity company has threatened to cut off supplies to the West Bank over unpaid debts, a Palestinian electricity company official said Monday.

The Jerusalem Electricity Company received an official warning from the Israeli Electric Corporation that it would cut off electricity due to unpaid debts amounting to 424 million shekels ($105 million), Hasan Muslih, a member of the JEC's board of directors, told Ma'an.

A major reason for the accumulation of debt is that refugee camps in the West Bank refuse to pay their bills, Muslih said. There is also a disparity in the buying and selling tariff of electricity, he added.

The threatened cut to supplies would affect areas in Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Ramallah and Jericho, Muslih said, adding that power cuts in the West Bank could become as frequent as in the Gaza Strip.

The Jerusalem Electricity Company has organized a campaign to collect unpaid bills.

Gaza has been plagued with intermittent blackouts since February when Egypt stopped allowing Hamas authorities to receive fuel via a tunnel network under Gaza's southern border.
Powered By: HTD Technologies
Ma'an News Agency
All rights reserved © 2005-2017