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    Jun 7, 2008
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      The Palestinian Authority in Ramallah to implement an electricity
      supply project in Gaza
      by Rami Almeghari - IMEMC & Agencies
      http://www.imemc.org/article/54527


      Palestinian information minister and spokesman of the Ramallah-based
      government , Riyad al-Maliki, said yesterday that his government has
      agreed with Egypt to connecting the Gaza Strip's electricity lines
      with Egyptian ones, within a grand project.

      Palestinian information minister and spokesman of the Ramallah-based
      government , Riyad al-Maliki, said yesterday that his government has
      agreed with Egypt to connecting the Gaza Strip's electricity lines
      with Egyptian ones, within a grand project.


      Information Minister, Almaliki


      Almaliki, who was speaking during a press conference in Ramallah,
      was quoted as saying that the project agreed upon will be make
      Gaza's current lines with those of the nearby Egyptian city of aL-
      Arish, within an estimated distance of seven kilometers , depth into
      the Gaza Strip city of Rafah in southern Gaza.

      The project, whose costs are estimated at 15 million dollars and
      funded by the Islamic Bank of Development, will be executed in two
      phases, al-Maliki clarified.

      Implementation of such a project will commence upon the Palestinian
      President Mahmoud Abbas's endorsement, the minister further noted.

      If executed, the project will relieve the 1.5 million residents of
      the coastal region, who have been exposed to frequent blackouts
      since 2006, after Israel imposed a series of measures, beginning
      with bombarding the Gaza's sole power plant in the summer of 2006
      and ending with cutting of industrial-grade gasoline, needed to
      generate electricity at the plant.

      The plant provides Gaza with 45 percent of its electrical currents,
      while Israel supplies the remaining amount.

      Asked whether Hamas control of the Gaza Strip would hamper execution
      of the said project, al-Maliki believed that nothing could impede
      the implementation, as the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah signed
      the contract with the Islamic Bank of Development through Egypt.

      In June 2007, Hamas wrestled control over the coastal strip amidst
      factional infighting with the Fatah party of president Abbas. Abbas
      outlawed Hamas immediately and formed a caretaker government in the
      West Bank.

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