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Israelis and Palestinians agree to water deal to help communities suffering chronic shortages

Israelis and Palestinians agree to water deal to help communities suffering chronic shortages

Israeli and Palestinian officials said Thursday they had agreed to a water-sharing plan to help Palestinian communities suffering chronic shortages, a goal included in a broader 2013 deal that involves Jordan.

The water agreement was crucial for residents of the Israeli-occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip, officials and analysts said.

"This will reduce the suffering of the Palestinian people, which has been worsened by the beginning of summer and the crises that they are living through," said Mazin Ghunaim, head of the Palestinian Water Authority.

The announcement was made during a visit by U.S. Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt, who officials credited...

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