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Japan funds electricity, water rehabilitation projects across West Bank

Feb. 26, 2019 3:50 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 27, 2019 10:54 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Japan’s Ambassador for Palestinian Affairs and Representative of Japan to Palestine, Takeshi Okubo, signed grant contracts for three electricity and water rehabilitation projects across the occupied West Bank.

The Representative Office of Japan to Palestine said in a press release that Okubo signed grant contracts for two Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) with representatives of Attil Municipality, Fahmeh village council, and Qarawat Bani Hassan Municipality for a total amount of $262,804 at the Representative Office in the central West Bank city of Ramallah.

The Attil Municipality in Tulkarem district, in northern West Bank, will use a fund of $84,675 to improve water supply for 350 households in seven various locations in Attil village through replacing 16,000m of old damaged water pipelines.

Fahme village council in Jenin district, also in northern West Bank, will use a fund of $89,129 to solve the problem of electricity shortage and danger of non-isolated electricity wires by installing 8,000 m of isolated cables, a step that would directly benefit about 2,000 residents.

Qarawat Bani Hassan Municipality in the Salfit district, in northern West Bank, will also use a fund of $89,000 to rehabilitate 2,000 meters of water network in the town to improve tap water supply and enhance the water quantity and quality for 335 households and for 67 houses as direct beneficiaries.

Okubo congratulated Attil Municipality, Fahme village council, and Qarawat Bani Hassan Municipality, and wished them all success in their projects.

He emphasized Japan’s firm commitment of supporting Palestinian people from human security perspective as well as the importance of implementing social and economic development projects needed for Palestinians.

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