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Lebanon: July 5 electricity union strike to worsen power cuts

Electricité du Liban worker union calls for general strike July 5; power cuts already ongoing

TIMEFRAME expected from 7/4/2017, 12:00 AM until 7/6/2017, 11:59 PM (Asia/Beirut). COUNTRY/REGION Lebanon

Event

The Electricité du Liban (EDL) worker union has called for a general strike to take place on Wednesday, July 5, to protest the privatization of electricity production and distribution. This strike will likely worsen power cuts that have already been plaguing parts of Lebanon in recent days.

Context

EDL has recently stated it is producing more power than ever and the Lebanese population has been faced with electricity rationing measures. Some sources point to the influx of Syrian refugees as a contributing factor to the electricity problem in Lebanon.

Advice

Individuals in Lebanon are advised to keep abreast of the situation and to be prepared for worsening power cuts on July 5 (e.g. keep phones and other electronic devices fully charged when possible).

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