Hundreds remained without electricity for hours. It is suspected that residents of a nearby village harmed a power cable deliberately.
In the midst of a heavy storm, hundreds of residents in Gush Etzion Regional Council in the West Bank had no electricity for several hours on Friday. Despite initial speculations of a power outage, new evidence has raised suspicion that a power cable was deliberately sabotaged.
Local officials have claimed that they saw one of the cables badly damaged, presumably as a result of a deliberate action. It is suspected that residents of one of the nearby villages threw barbed wire at the cable, causing it to disconnect and leaving hundreds with no heat as temperatures continued to drop.
Workers of the Israeli Electric Corporation arrived in the area under security, and managed to fix the damaged cable.