Israel seizes Hamas charity in West Bank

Israeli troops seized the facilities of a Hamas-affiliated charity in the West Bank city of Hebron on Tuesday, the army said Tuesday.

Israel seizes Hamas charity in West Bank

The charity declined comment on the seizure of its assets.

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Tuesday that a peace deal with the Palestinians would not necessarily be concluded by the year-end target that he and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas set.

Witnesses said the charity's two facilities in Hebron were shut down by Israeli troops who confiscated computers, telephones and four buses. At least a dozen shops affiliated with the charity were ordered shut down, they said.

Meanwhile, the head of the Palestinian Energy Authority announced plans Tuesday to connect more areas of the Gaza Strip to the Egyptian electricity grid in a move that would reduce the area's reliance on Israel for power.

Abbas' energy chief, Omar Qattaneh, said the authority has secured financing from the Islamic Development Bank in Saudi Arabia for the $32 million project.

Under the plan, up to 250 megawatts, or a large part of the area's needs, would be distributed to the Gaza Strip. He said bids would be published in the coming days and the project could be completed in 12 to 18 months.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 27 Şubat 2008, 10:08