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Baalbek EDL station evacuated after threats

A general view of Ras Baalbek village, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)

BEIRUT: Electricite du Liban's Baalbek station was evacuated Thursday, after power shortages caused armed groups to threaten employees working on site.

The armed individuals threatened the station's operators and demanded that electricity be restored in the area, according to an EDL statement released Thursday.

Employees and maintenance workers have also complained of receiving threatening calls on their personal phones.

The statement said "the Baalbeck operation has returned to being a stage for attacks and threats."

In light of the dangerous situation, workers closed down the Baalbek branch Wednesday afternoon to prevent an attack and avoid damage to the station.

The station's shutdown led to power shortages across Baalbek and neighboring villages.

Workers returned to work Thursday, after local officials intervened to prevent further attacks on the employees and the station.

The statement called on political figures and security forces to end the crisis, urging all parties to ensure the safety of employees so they can carry out their responsibilities.

 

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