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Abbassiya flat water reconnected, associations, volunteers thrilled
January 15, 2014, 12:06 pm
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The controversial 9-storey apartment in Abbassiya where water and elevator were disconnected as landlord’s revenge against the tenants who refused to pay the rent hike is overflowing with happiness now. Wednesday morning saw both the water and lift were
reconnected ending a 2-week suffering of the 32 families who live there. A committee of volunteers from various expat associations had gathered yesterday at United Indian School (UIS), Jleeb to discuss an immediate solution to the problem.

As the discussion was in progress at UIS yesterday evening, volunteers were carrying water to the floors. Earlier 3 families from the 3rd floor of the building had agreed to pay the rent hike – rom KD 230 to KD 250 – and they have been given water. But the rest 29 families stood united to go ahead with the fight, refusing to oblige. An official complaint was given at the Jleeb police station where the
complainant was beaten by a police officer, according to eye witnesses. The police stopped beating the complainant after his wife hugged her husband posing as human shield preventing the policeman’s fury. The residents of the flat, though happy at the moment, are still uncertain about the water connection as many of them do not think as a permanent solution.  But for now it is an overflow of joy, coinciding with tomorrow’s Mauled Al-Nabi holiday.

By Jinku K.
Staff Report
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