Monday, November 28, 2011

Power Outage in Jerusalem Suburbs due to Israeli Checkpoint Construction

JERUSALEM, November 28, 2011 (WAFA) – An ongoing power outage, affecting 50,000 people, began Sunday night in some suburbs in central Jerusalem due to Israeli construction work to build a new checkpoint, according to Jawad al-Dibs, an employee in the Jerusalem District Electricity Company.

He said power was cut off in the suburbs of Ras Khamis, Al-Salam and Ras Shehadeh, the town of Anata, as well as in Shu'fat, a refugee camp in East Jerusalem, due to Israeli construction work on a new checkpoint to replace the existing military checkpoint in Shu’fat.

Al-Dibs added that the power outage was caused by the explosion of the main power cable which provides the area with electricity, speculating that the explosion was caused by the surge in electricity use caused by the construction work.

Palestine News & Info Agency - WAFA