Israel starts reducing power to West Bank amid £380m financial dispute
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Israel starts reducing power to West Bank amid £380m financial dispute

National electric company takes step over hundreds of millions owed by the Palestinians' main power distributor

Palestinians next to the West Bank security barrier that separates them from Israel
Palestinians next to the West Bank security barrier that separates them from Israel

Israel’s national electric company says it has begun reducing power supplies to Palestinian areas of the West Bank due to a financial dispute.

The Israel Electric Co said on Sunday that it took the step because the Jerusalem District Electricity Co, the Palestinians’ main power distributor, has debts of roughly 485 million US dollars (£384 million).

Ali Hamodeh, an official with the Palestinian distributor, says power is expected to be cut for two hours daily in several Palestinian towns in the coming weeks.

He accused Israel of “exaggerating” the level of debt and called the power cuts a “political exploit”.

The Palestinians rely on Israel for nearly all of their electricity.

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