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West Bank stations deny fuel to PA security vehicles over unpaid bills

Feb. 15, 2014 5:30 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 15, 2014 10:42 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Gas stations across the West Bank have begun refusing to fuel vehicles of the Palestinian Authority's security forces after the PA failed to pay their gas bills for last six months, according to the West Bank Union of Gas Station Owners.

Deputy speaker of the union Nizar al-Jaabari told Ma'an on Saturday that the PA's accumulated debts total 55 million shekels ($15.7 million).

Al-Jaabari said that the union had notified security forces and the Palestinian Ministry of Finance on Feb. 2, warning them that the debts need to be settled by Feb. 15 in order to ensure continued access to gas.

Al-Jaabari added that at the time the union told security forces and the finance ministry that gas stations would stop fueling vehicles belonging to the PA security forces if they did not receive the payments by Feb. 15.

Al-Jaabari highlighted that because the PA has not been paying for fuel, some gas stations have been unable to buy fuel for their daily needs.

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