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Gaza: UN and EU funded desalination plant brings needed water

By: AP Source: VOA News DEIR EL-BALAH, GAZA STRIP – International aid workers on Thursday opened a new desalination plant in the Gaza Strip, bringing some relief to a territory where 97 percent of the water is undrinkable. It is the Hamas-ruled territory’s second and largest desalination plant. While it will not solve Gaza’s water woes, officials said the project marked an important step. “Despite the small production, this gives symbolism to Gaza residents that the train of water solution is now on track,” said Monzer Shublaq, director of Coastal Municipalities Water Utility in Gaza. The plant will initially produce 6,000 cubic meters of water a day, a small...

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Trump says he’ll work for “just, lasting” Mid-East peace

By: AFP Source: AFP via Yahoo Jerusalem (AFP) – US president-elect Donald Trump pledged Friday to work for a “just, lasting peace” between Israel and the Palestinians, in his first public message on the issue since his upset victory. “I believe that my administration can play a significant role in helping the parties to achieve a just, lasting peace,” Trump said in a message published by the Israel Hayom newspaper. He also said that any peace deal “must be negotiated between the parties themselves, and not imposed on them by others”. France is currently pushing for an international conference to revitalise the moribund peace process, but Israel has...

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Russia offers to mediate between Palestine and Israel

By: Zlatica Hoke Source: VOA News After getting involved in the Syrian civil war, Russia now signals it wants to become a Middle East pacemaker. President Vladimir Putin has offered to host a face-to-face meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Moscow. Both leaders claim they are ready to continue the dialogue, but they accuse each other of stalling. Russian Middle East envoy Mikhail Bogdanov held talks with the Palestine Liberation Organization’s secretary general, Saeb Erekat, in the West Bank city of Ramallah Tuesday, a day after meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem. “We are very...

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