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Nablus residents block major roads in protest against lack of power

Dec. 16, 2013 8:07 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 17, 2013 9:48 P.M.)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Dozens of residents blocked a major traffic intersection in the northern West Bank in protest against the continued lack of electricity to their homes on Monday.

Protesters blocked the Bizariya junction northwest of Nablus with large rocks, preventing traffic towards the major cities of Nablus, Jenin, and Tulkarem.

Residents of four villages took to the streets in protest as the lack of electricity in their villages continued for a fourth day, as a result of the destruction caused by winter storm Alexa.

One of the protestors told Ma'an, "The closure of the street came as the first step after the passage of four days without power. Tomorrow we will take wider measure if the lack of electricity continues."

He added that the four villages still affected by the lack of electricity are Burqa, Bizariya, al-Fandaqumiya, and Jaba, and expressed concern that the power remained off despite continuing cold weather conditions.

Despite the road blockage, protesters allowed humanitarian cases to pass.

Ghassan Daghlas, a PA official who monitors settler activities in the northern West Bank and head of the village and local councils in Nablus governorate, told Ma'an that residents were protesting against the national Electricity Company because it is responsible for the electricity network and so far had not been proactive in ensuring the network's repair.

He stressed that Palestinian Authority as well as local Nablus officials were following the issue closely in order to ensure the return of power to affected areas.

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