Union official: West Bank gas stations running out of fuel
Published Sunday 03/11/2013 (updated) 03/11/2013 14:07
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Many gas stations in the West Bank have run out of fuel after Israel cut off fuel supplies on Friday, a union official told Ma'an.
Nizar al-Jabari, deputy of the Union of Gas Station Owners, said that most stations had used over 90 percent of their supplies, and that several had stopped selling fuel altogether.
There will be no fuel left by midday on Sunday, al-Jabari said.
He explained that the Palestinian Authority’s accumulated debts to Israeli providers have exceeded 600 million shekels ($170 million), the agreed-upon limit at which Israel has threatened to cut off fuel in the past.
An official from the PA Ministry of Finance told Ma'an that the fuel crisis would be solved by the end of the day.
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.