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Palestinian Authority open power plant along with Israeli occupation government

Prime Minister of Palestine Rami Hamdallah and Israel's Minister of National Infrastructure, Energy and Water Resources Yuval Steinitz attend opening ceremony of a power plant in Jalamah, near the northern West Bank city of Jenin

Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah yesterday inaugurated a power plant in the northern occupied West Bank.

Setup to serve the district of Jenin, the power plant comes after months of efforts between the Palestinian and Israeli sides to gradually reach full Palestinian authority over the electricity sector in the occupied Palestinian territory, Hamdallah explained in his speech.

“We demand that Israel assist in achieving our efforts to build power lines and stations and to enable us to continue developing the electricity sector and take advantage of natural resources in Area C to establish a successful system with all permits to connect the four [existing] stations,” he said.

More than 60 per cent of the occupied West Bank was designated as Area C under the Oslo Accords, placing the lands under complete Israeli military control where the Palestinian Authority (PA) has no control over infrastructure and resources.

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