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West Bank and Gaza Begin Daylight Saving on April 1, 2011

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Published 25-Mar-2011. Changed 3-Apr-2013

The West Bank will begin their daylight saving time schedule on Friday, April 1, in 2011.

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The West Bank will begin their daylight saving time schedule on Friday, April 1, in 2011.

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The West Bank will begin their daylight saving time (DST) schedule on Friday, April 1, 2011. The clocks will spring forward one hour at 12:01am (00:01) local time to 1:01am (01:01) local time. The time in the West Bank will change from being two hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC+2 hours) to UTC+3 hours at this time.

Daylight Saving Starts in West Bank

The Palestinian Authority announced that the clocks in the West Bank will move one hour forward at 12:01am (00:01) local time to 1:01am (01:01) local time on Friday, April 1, 2011. Israel is also scheduled to start DST and move their clocks forward at 2am (02:00) local time on Friday, April 1, 2011.

Time in West Bank and Gaza

The West Bank observes Eastern European Time (EET) which is two hours ahead of UTC when they are not on daylight saving time. During the summer time or DST, the West Bank observes Eastern European Summer Time (EEST), which is 3 hours ahead of UTC.

The West Bank and Gaza Strip usually start and end DST at the same time. However the two territories are known for changing their clocks on different dates in the past. Changing the clocks at different times caused a lot of confusion in 2008 and 2009 for the Muslim population in Jerusalem, Gaza City and Ramallah because the Ramadan fasting times differed in each area during that period.

Update: Gaza to change the same date

Gaza announced they changed at midnight the same night.

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