Experts warn that the Dead Sea could dry out completely within 30 years. AFP / AHMAD ABDO
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Israel and Jordan have long pursued a common goal to stop the Dead Sea from shrinking while slaking their shared thirst for drinking water with a pipeline from the Red Sea some 200 kilometers away.The degradation of the Dead Sea, on the border of Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian West Bank, began in the 1960s when water was first heavily diverted from the Jordan River.After years of studies, the $1.1 billion Red Sea "Peace Conduit" deal was signed by Israeli, Jordanian and Palestinian authorities in 2013 .The mostly desert Jordan, for its part, would get up to 50 billion cubic meters of freshwater from the Sea of Galilee.Israel also agreed to sell 32 billion cubic meters of water to the Palestinian authorities.Jordan announced in November 2016 that it had chosen five international consortiums to build the first phase of the canal.
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