JERUSALEM, June 23, 2014 – (WAFA) – Jerusalem District Electricity Company (JDECO)’s Director General Hisham Al-Omari stated Monday that JDECO was officially notified that electricity would be restricted to some of its franchise areas.

JDECO was officially notified that Israel Electric Company (IEC) would restrict electricity supply to some of JDECO’s franchise areas until the latter pays off an accumulated debt of NIS 974 million ($282 million), noted Al-Omari, who added that IEC did not specify areas in which electricity would be restricted and time.

Al-Omari also noted that IEC took this decision without warning in the wake of the calls made by Israeli Deputy ‘Defense’ Minister Danny Danon to cut off electricity to West Bank and Gaza for few days to attract worldwide attention to the case of the three missing settlers whom, according to Israeli allegations, are kidnapped.

He called upon all Palestinian consumers, including public sector institutions, private sector institutions and hospitals, in JDECO’s franchise areas, namely Jerusalem, Ramallah, Bethlehem and Jericho, to stay cautious and pay off their debts in order to enable JDECO to meet its financial obligations.