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Palestinian plan lays groundwork for independence

Palestinian plan lays groundwork for independence

The Palestinian prime minister says his government hopes to build an airport, international rail lines and an oil refinery over the next two years to help pave the way to independence.
Prime Minister Salam Fayyad announced the projects on Tuesday as he unveiled his 3-month-old government's new agenda.
Fayyad says that with peace efforts with Israel on hold, the Palestinians must move forward on their own. But it remains unclear how he expects to carry out the projects. Israel occupies the West Bank and would need to grant approval for major development projects.
Also an internal split has left Fayyad's government in charge of the West Bank, while the Islamic militant group Hamas rules the Gaza Strip. The Palestinians seek both territories for a future state.


Updated : 2021-01-17 11:33 GMT+08:00