Photo Credit: Miriam Alster / Flash 90
The first completely PA owned and managed electricity substation, outside of Jenin, July 10, 2017

The Israel Electric Company has begun to reduce power supplies to the Palestinian Authority in response to the climbing debt of the entity’s main power distributor, the Jerusalem District Electricity Company.

The company reportedly owes Israel’s national electric company approximately $486 million.

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Power is expected to be cut for approximately two hours daily in several Palestinian Authority towns in the next few weeks, according to a report published by Ynet, quoting Jerusalem District Electricity Company official Ali Hamodeh.

The official called the power cuts a “political exploit” and claimed that Israel was “exaggerating” the level of debt, according to the report.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.
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