Abbas welcomes approval of Gaza water plant

09:41, June 26, 2011      

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas welcomed the Union for the Mediterranean (UM)'s approval to build a water desalination plant for the Gaza Strip.

In a statement published by the official news agency Wafa, Abbas said that such project would help ease the suffering of Gazans in the field of water "which has become a serious health problem for the residents."

The 300-million-euro project is the only enterprise that the UM has approved in its meeting last week in Paris, the statement noted.

A report issued in January said that 90 percent of water in the Gaza Strip is polluted.

People in Gaza consume more than 170 million liters from an aquifer considered to be the only source of groundwater in the strip, the report of the Palestinian Environment Authority said.

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