A World Bank delegation has visited the Gaza Strip to kickstart a long-delayed sewage project meant to prevent waste from spilling into nearby residential areas.
The project is an initiative of International Mideast envoy Tony Blair, and Tuesday's visit marks the highest level World Bank delegation to enter Gaza in three years.
The delegation met with representatives of the Palestinian water authority, but not with members of Hamas, which has run the Gaza Strip since seizing power last year.
The World Bank's executive director for the Middle East and its vice president for the Middle East oversaw a test of the first $15 million stage of a project, which will drain a northern Gaza sewage lake into nine treatment basins.
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