In pictures: $17.5m Palestinian presidential palace to be turned into a national library

The presidential palace near the city of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank after Palestinian officials announced a project to transform the building into a national library.
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A picture taken on August 28, 2017 shows people standing outside the presidential palace near the city of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank after Palestinian officials announced a project to transform the building into a national library. President Mahmud Abbas and his cash-strapped administration had faced questions over the construction of the $17.5 million palace, which was initially intended as a presidential headquarters and location where foreign dignitaries could be received. Abbas has now decided to transform the 4,700-square-metre complex into a Palestinian national library, culture minister Ehab Bessaiso told AFP.
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A picture taken on August 28, 2017 shows a Palestinian woman walking into the presidential palace near the city of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank after officials announced a project to transform the building into a national library. The writing in arabic reads: The Palestinian National Library. President Mahmud Abbas and his cash-strapped administration had faced questions over the construction of the $17.5 million palace, which was initially intended as a presidential headquarters and location where foreign dignitaries could be received. Abbas has now decided to transform the 4,700-square-metre complex into a Palestinian national library, culture minister Ehab Bessaiso told AFP.
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A picture taken on August 28, 2017 shows people walking outside the presidential palace near the city of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank after Palestinian officials announced a project to transform the building into a national library. President Mahmud Abbas and his cash-strapped administration had faced questions over the construction of the $17.5 million palace, which was initially intended as a presidential headquarters and location where foreign dignitaries could be received. Abbas has now decided to transform the 4,700-square-metre complex into a Palestinian national library, culture minister Ehab Bessaiso told AFP.
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A picture taken on August 28, 2017 shows people gathered at the presidential palace near the city of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank after Palestinian officials announced a project to transform the building into a national library. President Mahmud Abbas and his cash-strapped administration had faced questions over the construction of the $17.5 million palace, which was initially intended as a presidential headquarters and location where foreign dignitaries could be received. Abbas has now decided to transform the 4,700-square-metre complex into a Palestinian national library, culture minister Ehab Bessaiso told AFP.
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A picture taken on August 28, 2017 shows a general view of the presidential palace near the city of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank after Palestinian officials announced a project to transform the building into a national library. President Mahmud Abbas and his cash-strapped administration had faced questions over the construction of the $17.5 million palace, which was initially intended as a presidential headquarters and location where foreign dignitaries could be received. Abbas has now decided to transform the 4,700-square-metre complex into a Palestinian national library, culture minister Ehab Bessaiso told AFP.
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A picture taken on August 28, 2017 shows a general view of the presidential palace near the city of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank after Palestinian officials announced a project to transform the building into a national library. President Mahmud Abbas and his cash-strapped administration had faced questions over the construction of the $17.5 million palace, which was initially intended as a presidential headquarters and location where foreign dignitaries could be received. Abbas has now decided to transform the 4,700-square-metre complex into a Palestinian national library, culture minister Ehab Bessaiso told AFP.
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A picture taken on August 28, 2017 shows a general view of the presidential palace near the city of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank after Palestinian officials announced a project to transform the building into a national library. President Mahmud Abbas and his cash-strapped administration had faced questions over the construction of the $17.5 million palace, which was initially intended as a presidential headquarters and location where foreign dignitaries could be received. Abbas has now decided to transform the 4,700-square-metre complex into a Palestinian national library, culture minister Ehab Bessaiso told AFP.