Power Line Thieves Are Causing Blackouts In Lebanon

Power Line Thieves Are Causing Blackouts In Some Lebanese Areas

A new wave of power line thefts has hit the Iqlim El-Kharroub locality, which is the latest Lebanese area to be affected by theft-induced power cuts.

Several neighborhoods of Iqlim El-Kharroub recently suffered power cuts and total isolation from the area’s electricity supply after power lines were stolen from poles, stations, and transformers, according to the National News Agency.

Electricity theft, Iqlim Al-Kharroub via Nachitoun

In response, the municipality’s Electricité du Liban (EDL) department filed complaints at the local police stations, which have opened an investigation into each of the theft incidents to uncover the perpetrators and bring them to justice.

This follows similar incidents that were recorded in other cities and villages across Lebanon, including Barja, Jadra, Dalhoun, Aley, Tripoli, and Jiyeh.

A few weeks ago, the Internal Security Forces (ISF) announced the arrest of 3 individuals who had been stealing power lines from the main network of EDL in several areas, in which they caused blackouts for numerous households.

In related news, last week, a transmission tower in northern Lebanon fell over after the steel corners supporting it were stolen, resulting in the disruption of the main Deir Nbouh – Baalbek transmission line.

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