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Jordan: Thousands swamp Amman to decry state gas deal with Israelis01:21

Jordan: Thousands swamp Amman to decry state gas deal with Israelis

Jordan, Amman
September 30, 2016 at 14:12 GMT -00:00 · Published

Jordanian protesters took to the streets to demonstrate against a Jordanian gas deal with Israel, in Amman, on Friday. The deal was signed on Tuesday by Jordan's National Electric Power Company (NEPCO) and Israel.

The activists gathered after Friday prayers, marching through Amman’s streets, calling for an immediate end to the deal. They held banners reading "Jordanians refuse to fund terrorism" and "Don't do it Jordan...not with my bills, read my lips, I will not be forced to fund Israel."

The deal stipulates that Jordan will pay 10 billion dollars (8.92 million euros) to Israel in exchange for 15 years of gas provision, allegedly receiving a total of 45 billion cubic metres of natural gas.

NEPCO has claimed that the deal will bring some 300 million dollars (2.7 million euros) into Jordan. However, Jordanians have criticised the deal since it was first initiated two years ago, hitting out at the state-owned company for working with Israel while the Likud government continues to enforce the Gaza blockade and support illegal settlements in the West Bank.

Jordan: Thousands swamp Amman to decry state gas deal with Israelis01:21
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Jordanian protesters took to the streets to demonstrate against a Jordanian gas deal with Israel, in Amman, on Friday. The deal was signed on Tuesday by Jordan's National Electric Power Company (NEPCO) and Israel.

The activists gathered after Friday prayers, marching through Amman’s streets, calling for an immediate end to the deal. They held banners reading "Jordanians refuse to fund terrorism" and "Don't do it Jordan...not with my bills, read my lips, I will not be forced to fund Israel."

The deal stipulates that Jordan will pay 10 billion dollars (8.92 million euros) to Israel in exchange for 15 years of gas provision, allegedly receiving a total of 45 billion cubic metres of natural gas.

NEPCO has claimed that the deal will bring some 300 million dollars (2.7 million euros) into Jordan. However, Jordanians have criticised the deal since it was first initiated two years ago, hitting out at the state-owned company for working with Israel while the Likud government continues to enforce the Gaza blockade and support illegal settlements in the West Bank.

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