Sunday, February 10, 2008

Who steals electricity?

Seven young men died and scores were wounded two weeks ago in Chiyah because of electricity cuts. The government blamed it on the victims themselves: they were stealing electricity. Here's who steals electricity in Lebanon, 2002 figures: Tripoli ranks highest with 75.8% of the electricity there being stolen, followed very closely with Chiyah (55.4%) and Walid Jumblat's stronghold of Beyteddine (53.8%) and then Saida (Hariri's town) with 45.8%. And note that the Chiyah district includes both Ghobeiry (Hizbullah and Amal) and Ain el Remmaneh (Lebanese Forces and `Awn).

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