Israel to resume fuel supply to PA, official says
Published Friday 01/11/2013 (updated) 02/11/2013 22:23
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Authority will ensure that Israel continues to provide the West Bank with fuel after stopping supplies due to heavy debts, a PA official said Friday.
PA Finance Ministry spokesman Rami Mehdawi told Ma'an that "despite the financial crisis that the PA suffers from, the Ministry of Finance will transfer the money to Israel and fully pay the accumulated debt in order to provide the market with fuel."
Earlier, Nizar al-Jabari, deputy of the Union of Gas Station Owners, said that Israel had cut off fuel supplies to the West Bank on Friday due to a 600 million shekel ($169 million) debt accumulated by the PA.
Mehdawi confirmed that Israel will provide fuel to gas stations on Sunday following payment of the debt.
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.