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Apr28

Gaza electricity cut completely as PA tries to pressure Hamas

By: Nidal al-Mughrabi Source: Reuters via MuslimVillage GAZA (Reuters) – With the prospect looming of a Middle East peace initiative by a new U.S. administration more sympathetic to Israel, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has decided to turn the screw on the Hamas group that has kept Gaza out of his control for a decade. Abbas’s Western-backed Palestinian Authority (PA) on Thursday told Israel it would no longer pay for the electricity Israel supplies to Gaza, a move that could lead to a complete power shutdown in the territory, whose 2 million people already endure blackouts for much of the day. Israel does not engage directly with Hamas, regarding the Islamist group as a...

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Apr27

Syria: Russia calls for restraint after Israel strikes Hezbollah hub

By: VOA News Source: VOA News The Russian government has called on Israel and other countries to avoid any actions that may escalate tension in Syria, after Israel conducted airstrikes Thursday against an arms supply hub near Damascus International Airport. “All countries need to need to refrain from any kind of actions that lead to an increase in tension in this already restive region,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters in Moscow. Peskov also said Syria’s sovereignty should be respected. The arms hub is operated by the Lebanese group Hezbollah. Syrian rebel and regional intelligence sources said the strikes targeted weapons that were shipped from Iran on...

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Apr27

Dubai opens first solar powered gas station

By: Gulf News Source: Gulf News DUBAI: When you’re in the business of selling petrol, why use solar power at all? A Dubai oil retailer has no problems doing so. On Wednesday, Emirates National Oil Company (Enoc) has opened the country’s first solar-powered petrol station. The newly-opened service station on Shaikh Zayed Road near the twin Internet-Media City is covered with solar panels that can generate up to 120 kilowatt hours. Enoc, a government-owned oil retailer, claims the capacity is about 30 percent more energy than the station needs, so the excess power is directed back into the city’s power grid. The UAE, the fourth-biggest oil producer among Opec members, has made a...

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