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Fatah and Hamas officials announce unity deal
60 percent of West Bank without power
Published Friday 13/12/2013 (updated) 15/12/2013 16:58
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Crews worked overtime across the West Bank on Friday after 60 percent of the Palestinian territory's regions were plunged into darkness as a result of severe weather conditions.

Director General of the Jerusalem Electricity Company Said Hisham Omari told Ma'an that there were at least 45 malfunctions in power lines across the West Bank as a result of the ongoing storm, and that although crews were working to fix them adverse driving conditions were inhibiting their work.

The majority of the power line malfunctions are located inside Israel on lines leading to the West Bank, but Israeli authorities are not fixing the malfunctions while also prohibiting the access of Palestinian crews to the areas.

Company crews were able to restore power to 80 percent of areas across large parts of Bethlehem and Jerusalem and are working hard to restore electricity to Ramallah as well, Omari said.

However, the power supply covers only 40 percent of the province as of Friday evening, and 60 percent remains in the dark, he added.
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1 ) southparkbear / usa
13/12/2013 23:18
according to REI energy food and drinks can boost power for several hours by 45%. Get some

2 ) Bemused / New Zealand
14/12/2013 00:08
Israel shows it true nature yet again.... why should we even be surprised anymore at such cruel, heartless and evil conduct.

3 ) southparkbear / usa
14/12/2013 09:14
racist snow

4 ) John Doe / Head Scratching
14/12/2013 12:01
Is there a source for the claim that Israel is not fixing malfunctions? If so, why is it not included in the article? That would be normal journalistic practice. Otherwise it looks like the storm was a good excuse for a story that is simply a piece of anti-Israel propaganda disguised as a news story.

5 ) Heather stroud / UK
14/12/2013 14:37
John Doe - No one needs to invent stories of Israel's bad behaviour since it is blatantly evident every hour of the day and every day of the week. Before jumping to their defense just take a trip to the West Bank and Gaza and see for yourself.

6 ) southparkbear / usa
15/12/2013 21:08
Heather, living in israel for 35 years and visiting at least twice each year i can tell you have no clue and to eat from the spone they feed you with.
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