Sunday, 22 April 2012

Egypt announces cancellation of Gas deal in blow to Israel

Egypt's national gas company EGAS announced Sunday that it will be cancelling its natural gas supply deal with Israel.

Egypt on Sunday notified EMG, the exporter that supplied Israel with natural gas, that the deal will be canceled.

Thegdeal was reached in 2005 between the Israeli and Egyptian governments as part of a political agreement according to which Cairo undertook to allocate 7 billion cubic meters (BCM) of Egyptian gas to the Israeli market for 20 years, with an option to double the supply. more

Political factions protest against UNRWA in Gaza City over 'political questioning' of employees

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Palestinian factions on Sunday organized a protest at UNRWA headquarters in Gaza City to coincide with a strike by the agency's employees.

 At a press conference, Palestinian Peoples' Party official Walid al-Awad said national and Islamist factions had held an emergency meeting "after UNRWA's presidency sent a commission to question a number of the organizations' employees in Gaza City."

 Al-Awad urged UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, "to operate in line with its jurisdiction authorized by the UN, which is to offer services to Palestinian refugees until they return to their homeland they were displaced from in 1948." more