Israel refuses Palestinians access to World Bank-funded landfill
Published Friday 10/01/2014 (updated) 12/01/2014 16:28
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities prevented Palestinians from using the World Bank-funded al-Minya landfill to the east of Bethlehem while allowing Israeli settlers continued access, Israeli media reported Thursday.
According to Haaretz, the Israeli Civil Administration in the occupied West Bank informed Palestinian officials that they would not be allowed to use the landfill for waste disposal, despite the fact that it was funded by the World Bank precisely for that purpose.
Israeli residents of local settlements built on occupied Palestinian land, meanwhile, would be allowed to use it, despite the fact that landfills inside Israel are also available to these residents.
The landfill has been under construction for the last two years in a portion of Area C just east of Bethlehem.
Construction was funded by the World Bank, and the landfill is the first modern waste landfill in the southern West Bank.
It was built to serve the needs of nearly 800,000 residents of Bethlehem and Hebron regions, amounting to around 34 percent of all solid waste in the West Bank.