Report: Qatar Looking to Provide Gaza With Power

Head of Qatari National Committee for the Reconstruction of Gaza visits to open completed projects, sign new deals.

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, left, shaking hands with Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal, right, as the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, looks on in Doha, Feb. 6, 2012. Credit: AP
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Israel has no initial objections to Qatari plans to boost Gaza's electricity supply, the emirate's official for helping reconstruct the embattled Palestinian enclave announced during a visit on Thursday, Middle East Monitor reported.

Ambassador Mohammed Al-Emadi, the head of the Qatari National Committee for the Reconstruction of Gaza, entered Gaza through the Erez Crossing point on Thursday to open already completed Qatari projects, according to the website.

Al-Emadi said Qatar had signed a memorandum of understanding with the Palestinian Authority to link the gaza power plant with a planned gas line and had sent the MoU to Israel for review.

"There is no problem increasing the electric energy in gaza and Israel studied this proposal and had no initial objections to it," he said, Middle East Monitor reported.

He noted that he had met with PA officials in the West Bank and Israeli officials, which were "positive and fruitful," before crossing into Gaza.

"My visit to Gaza will be fruitful and we will be opening the Qatar projects that have already been completed," he said. "I will also be signing new contracts that will benefit the infrastructure and construction sectors."

Al-Emadi visited the region in June, signing housing, infrastructure and road project deals worth $32 million, Middle East Monitor added.

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