Is­raeli-Pales­tinian elec­tric­ity deal OK’d

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

JENIN, West Bank — Is­raeli and Pales­tinian of­fi­cials have signed a rare agree­ment to pro­vide ad­di­tional elec­tric­ity to Pales­tinian res­i­dents of the north­ern West Bank.

Un­der Mon­day’s deal, Is­rael’s na­tional elec­tric com­pany will sell an ad­di­tional 60 me­gawatts of elec­tric­ity to the power-starved Jenin area, with an op­tion to more than dou­ble the sup­ply. The elec­tric­ity will be dis­trib­uted through a Pales­tinian-op­er­ated sub­sta­tion.

The Pales­tini­ans are build­ing a to­tal of four sub­sta­tions, with back­ing from the European In­vest­ment Bank.

Is­rael’s en­ergy min­is­ter, Yu­val Steinitz, Pales­tinian Prime Min­is­ter Rami Ham­dal­lah and other top of­fi­cials at­tended a cer­e­mony near Jenin.

AP/RO­DRIGO ABD

A dog on Mon­day wan­ders the scene of a fa­tal bus ac­ci­dent in Lima, Peru. Peru­vian of­fi­cials say con­trol of the dou­ble-decker bus on a sight­see­ing tour Sun­day was lost and it rolled over on a nar­row road in the hills of the cap­i­tal.

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