By MIRHAIMA BENZALA, The Associated PressA gas sensor on the floor of a Palestinian refugee camp in the occupied West Bank.

    A Palestinian refugee is shown wearing a mask as she uses a gas mask to remove a chemical odor from the floor during a demonstration to demonstrate the use of a gas monitoring device, which monitors the use and usage of natural gas in Palestinian communities in the West Bank, in the northern West Bank town of Hebron, in October.

    The Palestinian Authority on Wednesday announced that it will buy a $1.5 million sensor that will monitor the use, storage and use of natural energy in the Palestinian territory.

    The Palestinian Authority says it has purchased the sensor for the purpose of monitoring the use in the Gaza Strip and the southern West Bank under its own jurisdiction.

    The sensor, which is manufactured by Israeli-owned company Adalim, will be used by the Palestinian Authority to monitor the energy use of residents in the two areas.

    The sensors are made of plastic and are installed in a sealed container that can be accessed by a worker from a mobile unit that will be installed at the camp.

    The worker, who will be a Palestinian from Gaza, will wear a mask while the sensor is being used, and a sensor will be attached to his belt.

    The unit will monitor air quality in the area for up to four hours at a time, monitoring the gas levels and temperature.

    The data collected will be transmitted to the Palestinian Ministry of Health.

    The PA is also developing a monitoring system for Palestinian settlements in the Jordan Valley and the Gaza strip.

    A Palestinian refugee uses a device as he demonstrates how to use the gas sensor during a protest against the Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza City region in the Old City of Gaza City on September 26, 2018.

    (Photo by Hamad I Mohammed/AFP via Getty Images)The sensor, designed by Israeli firm Adalimb, will provide the PA with data on the use by Palestinians of natural resources such as gas and electricity.

    It will also provide information on the health effects of natural-gas use in Palestinian cities.

    Adallimb said it plans to deploy the sensor to the West and East Jerusalem areas, and will also be installed in other areas in the territories.

    The move comes as Israel moves ahead with plans to expand its settlement population, a step that the Palestinians say will lead to a further displacement of Palestinians.

    Israel has already begun building Jewish-only settlements, including a large one in the southern city of Jaffa.

    The Israeli government has said it is looking to build 1,000 new settlements by 2020 in the disputed West Bank and East Gaza, where Israel controls the entire territory.

    Israel also plans to establish a new settlement, built on land that Palestinians have been using since 1967, on the eastern edge of the Gaza border.

    Israel’s move came as it announced plans to move forward with the building of hundreds of new settlement units on the West bank, which the Palestinians fear could threaten their ability to maintain a buffer zone to protect their homes.

    Israel, which sees the Gaza wall as a barrier to the Strip, has said its goal is to have a “final status agreement” with the Palestinians.