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Gaza Energy: Occupation begins reducing electricity provided to Gaza

Gaza/ PNN/ The Israeli occupation authorities on Monday morning have reduced 8 megawatts of the electricity capacity feeding Gaza from Israeli lines: an initial step to implement the recently announced decisions to gradually reduce power provided to Gaza. The Energy Authority in Gaza said that the decisions were made at …

Palestinians flock to first Palestinian bank in Jerusalem

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The National Bank (TNB) announced April 17 the inauguration of the Dahiat al-Barid branch in al-Ram, northeast of Jerusalem, in a first for banks in Palestine since 1967 after the annexation of East Jerusalem to Israel. Hundreds of Palestinian customers residing in Jerusalem have been flocking …

Will new regulations deal a blow to Palestine’s local tobacco industry?

RAMALLAH, West Bank — The Palestinian government ratified a plan Feb. 28 to regulate the tobacco sector in an attempt to improve the quality of locally grown tobacco, restructure prices, protect farmers and local companies, fight tax evasion and cigarette smuggling and increase government revenue. In the northern West Bank, especially in the Jenin …

When will Gaza gas field start operating?

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah told the local Donia al-Watan website March 7 that the consensus government is discussing with developing companies the extraction of natural gas off the coast of the Gaza Strip. However, the prospects for this remain hindered by security and political obstacles. On Feb. …

Gaza reels as power crisis continues to leave its population in darkness

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The power crisis is still disrupting the daily life of Gazans, sparking mutual accusations over its causes between the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Ramallah’s Energy and Natural Resources Authority on the one hand, and between Hamas and its Energy Authority in the Gaza Strip on …

EU support to Gaza: Inauguration the first phase of seawater desalination plant and launching the works at Sufa landfill site

Jerusalem, 19/01/2017 – 15:13 – UNIQUE ID: 170119_11 The Director for the Neighbourhood South at the European Commission, Michael Köhler, visited today a number of EU-funded projects in Gaza. During his visit, Director Köhler and the Head of the Palestinian Water Authority Mazen Ghuneim inaugurated the first phase of the …

Word of Qatar’s new office in Gaza rattles Palestine

Qatar’s Gaza Reconstruction Committee briefly announced its intention to build an embassy in Gaza. According to its Jan. 9 Facebook post, a building was to be erected south of the port of Gaza, on a five-acre lot that would also include the ambassador’s residence. But only hours later, the committee …

Cabinet says water agreement with Israel gives it more leeway in Area C

RAMALLAH, January 17, 2017 (WAFA) – The cabinet welcomed on Tuesday the recent agreement the water authority had signed with its Israeli counterpart and which gives the Palestinians more freedom of action in Area C of the West Bank, which is under full Israeli military control. The cabinet said in …

PM Hamdallah to Hamas: Hand over power authority to solve energy crisis

Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah Monday demanded Hamas to hand over the energy authority it currently runs in the Gaza Strip to the national unity government in order to solve the ongoing power crisis. He said in a press conference held at the Energy and Natural Resources Authority in Ramallah that …

Gaza to return to normal power schedule following delivery of Qatari aid

GAZA (Ma’an) — The first installment of a $12-million donation from the Qatari government landed in a Gaza account on Monday, after Qatar pledged to help cover the cost of fuel for the besieged coastal enclave, which has been suffering from a debilitating electricity crisis. It was announced Sunday that …