A smart meter is set with other old style electricity meters in a building in downtown Beirut, Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. (The Daily Star/Grace Kassab)
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While power cuts are a regular experience in Lebanon, rationing has increased, with many areas experiencing almost total blackouts, in recent weeks as the workers have occupied EDL headquarters and branches across Lebanon for three weeks.The contract workers' statement said a "malfunction at the UNESCO station" -- which controls the electricity flow to the whole of Beirut -- was the responsibility of the Transport Administration at EDL. The workers' offer of help came after EDL released a statement earlier Friday, refusing to take any blame for the severe electricity rationing in the capital.The strike will only exclude the power plant workers, the "coordination workers in the transportation administration," and the workers at "the main transfer station," according to the statement.
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