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West Bank fuel crisis 'resolved'

Nov. 5, 2013 11:20 A.M. (Updated: Nov. 19, 2013 2:28 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli companies have resumed fuel supplies to West Bank gas stations resolving a fuel crisis that has plagued the region for the last few days, deputy speaker of the union of gas station owners said Tuesday.

Nizar al-Jaabari told Ma'an that some gas stations are still short of fuel as demand is still high after West Bank stations ran out of fuel over the last two days.

He confirmed that fuel supplies were returning to normal but drivers are still trying to fill as much as possible fearing another shortage.

In the next couple of days gas stations will be able to fill their reservoirs and consumption levels should return to normal al-Jaabari added.

Fuel was originally cut off after the Palestinian Authority's accumulated debts to Israeli providers exceeded 600 million shekels ($170 million), the agreed-upon limit at which Israel has threatened to cut off fuel in the past.

By early Sunday, most stations had used over 90 percent of their supplies, and several had stopped selling fuel altogether.

There are 276 gas stations in the West Bank that consume an average of 50 million liters of fuel monthly.

The internationally recognized Palestinian territories of which the West Bank and East Jerusalem form a part have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.
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