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Thursday’s cuts led to blackouts, but full supply was restored  later the same day, according to Mansour Nassar of the JDECO.

It affected up to 30,000 people of a total population of around 50,000 in the city and surrounding area, according to Jericho governor Majed al-Fityani.

Hisham al-Omri, director of the JDECO, told the Haaretz newspaper last week that there was a disagreement over rate calculation and interest rates and that a lawsuit against the IEC was pending in the Jerusalem Municipal Court.

The Palestinian Authority is struggling financially and depends largely on foreign aid. It relies heavily for electricity supplies on Israel, which also provides power to the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip.

In February 2014, the company and the Palestinian Authority struck a deal to resolve an outstanding debt after the IEC had cut electricity to the West Bank cities of Nablus and Jenin over unpaid bills of NIS 1.9 billion ($482 million).