Transport in the Palestinian territories

Transport In The Palestinian Territories

Transport in the Palestinian territories

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This article describes transport within the region under the jurisdiction of the Palestinian Authority, which consists of two non-contiguous territories, Gaza and the West Bank. Egress and ingress to these territories is controlled by the state of Israel.

Railways

<br>total (2011): 0 km ( track gauge)

The Gaza Strip has a nowadays–dismantled standard gauge railway running 34 kilometers along its length from north to south.

In the West Bank, a narrow gauge railway operated until the 1940s stretching from Jenin to Tulkarm to Nablus which was built during Ottoman rule, and was connected to the Hejaz Railway.

As part of the Camp David agreements, repeated in statements made by Israel in 2005 contained a proposal to link the two Palestinian territories with a high speed rail. This would involve extending the Heletz railway to Tarqumiyah (thus providing a rail link from Erez Crossing to the West Bank) and building a spur form the future Eastern Railway to Tulkarm, as well as rebuilding the old railway branch from a renewed Jezreel Valley Railway to Jenin. These links might be extended later through to Egypt and Jordan.

Railway links with adjacent countries

  • Israel - A standard gauge rail link between Israel and Gaza through Erez Crossing operated until the early 1970s. The narrow gauge Jezreel Valley Railway branch from Afula to Jenin operated until the 1940s. Also, until the late 1940s, a gauge break existed in Tulkarm between the Jenin—Tulkarm—Nablus narrow......
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