Offshore seaport to soon reconnect Gaza with world

The estimated cost of the project is USD 5 billion Photograph:( Others )

WION Gaza Jun 21, 2016, 05.41 AM (IST)
Hamas-ruled Gaza might soon be reconnected with the rest of the world, Israel’s transportation said Monday proposing an artificial island. 

Asserting that the island will alleviate economic hardship in the blockaded coastal strip, Yisrael Katz said that the eight kilometre island would be linked to Gaza with a five-kilometre bridge. 

Aiming to lift the economic blockade it imposed on Palestinian enclave nearly a decade ago, the USD 5-billion artificial island would be set up with a seaport, hotels and airport off the Gaza strip. Israel is actively seeking investors while Katz insisted that the project will not be funded by Israel. 

"I do not think it is right to lock up two million people without any connection to the world,” Katz told the foreign reporters adding, “Israel has no interest to make life harder for the population there. But because of security concerns we can't build an airport or seaport in Gaza.”

The proposal, however, has been dubbed as ‘dubious’ and politically motivated by the Palestinian authority.