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PA accuses Israel of using Palestinian territories as 'landfill site'

Palestinian Prime Minister Muhammad Shtayyeh chairs the weekly cabinet meeting at his office near a poster of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in the West Bank city of Ramallah, on 17 August 2020. [NASSER NASSER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images]
Palestinian Prime Minister Muhammad Shtayyeh chairs the weekly cabinet meeting at his office near a poster of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in the West Bank city of Ramallah, on 17 August 2020 [NASSER NASSER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images]

The Palestinian Authority prime minister accused Israel on Tuesday of using the Palestinian territories as a landfill site for "solid, chemical and electronic waste", Anadolu has reported. Muhammad Shtayyeh made his comment during a meeting in Ramallah with the British Consul General in Jerusalem, Diane Corner.

The British official delivered a report funded by the UK on the climate change policy in the occupied Palestinian territories, explained Shtayyeh's office. She said that the report focuses on the economic impact of climate change.

According to Shtayyeh, the biggest environmental challenges facing the Palestinians are the Israeli settlements and their waste. He pointed out that Israel not only continues to control Palestine's natural resources but also uses Palestinian land as a landfill site.

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The prime minister added that the British report highlights the difficulties caused by the Israeli occupation and the importance of ensuring the Palestinians' ability to use the natural resources in the occupied territories, especially water and land. This is essential if they are to face climate change challenges.

The PA is preparing to participate in the climate change conference scheduled to take place in Scotland between 31 October and 12 November.

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