File - In this Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017 file photo, a Palestinian family warm themselves up with a fire outside their makeshift house during a power cut in a poor neighborhood in town of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)
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Israel signed a 15-year, $775 million deal with the self-ruling Palestinian Authority Tuesday to put electricity distribution for Palestinians in the occupied West Bank in PA hands and build four power plants to that end, officials said.The nearly 3 million Palestinians in the Israeli-occupied territory currently rely on Israel for their electricity, with neighboring Jordan providing power to the Jericho area in the Jordan river valley.As part of the new deal, the PA will pay off a 915-million-shekel debt to the state-owned utility Israel Electric Corp., while taking charge of the distribution of electricity to West Bank Palestinians.
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