Cairo Resumes Gas Exports to Israel

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CBNNews.com - CAIRO, Egypt - A Cairo court overturned an earlier ruling canceling gas exports to Israel.

In November, a lower court ruled against exporting gas to Israel, claiming the parliament should be responsible for any sales of the country's natural resources.

An agreement signed in 2005 and implemented in May 2008 provides 1.7 billion cubic meters of gas to Israel annually over a 20-year period.

The attorneys who petitioned the Higher Administrative Court to overturn the lower court's ruling claimed Israel was paying less than international levels called for.

Speaking to reporters after the ruling, Mohamed Anwar el-Sadat, nephew of the late Anwar Sadat -- the former Egyptian president who signed an historic peace treaty with the Jewish state in 1979 -- condemned Israel's recent operation against Hamas terrorists in the Gaza Strip.

"The people are very sad about the export of gas to Israel in the wake of the barbaric massacres that Israel carried out in Gaza," el-Sadat, a former Egyptian parliamentarian, said.

Source: YNet news

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