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Jordanian company refuses to sell sand after discovering it is for gas pipeline with Israel

Jordanian company refuses to sell sand after discovering it is for gas pipeline with Israel

A Jordanian construction company has refused to sell its sand after discovering the material was to be used in building a gas pipeline linking the country with Israel.

Video footage shows workers delivering the sand, realising what it is to be used for, and then loading it back onto their own vehicles again before driving off.

“The sand delivery that was sold on the grounds that it was for a citizen has been retrieved,” Fuad al-Dwairi, head of Dwairi Contracting, says during the clip posted on Facebook.

Another official Iyad al-Dwairi can be heard adding: “We are retrieving the materials. We refuse to work with [Israel] or with anyone working with it and we are against any normalisation.”

The actions were applauded by parliamentarian Tarek Khoury, who said the company’s stance should inspire other Arabs to take similar action.

The controversial 40 mile pipeline is planned to deliver gas to Jordan – which has chronic energy shortages – from Israel. The country will pay $15bn for the natural reserve over a 15-year period beginning in 2020.