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8:24, 25 August 2018

US to reduce $200m help to Gaza and West Bank

US to cut $200m aid to Gaza and West Bank

US to reduce $200m help to Gaza and West Bank

US President Donald Trump has ordered far more than $200m (&pound155m) in financial aid which was to be allocated to Gaza and the West Bank be redirected elsewhere.

A State Department official said the choice was produced soon after a review “to ensure these funds are spent in accordance with US national interests”.

It has currently withheld $65m from the UN relief agency for the Palestinians.

Relations amongst the Palestinians and the US have been challenging given that Mr Trump took energy.

They hit a low point right after the US recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in December 2017. As a outcome, the Palestinians mentioned the US was unable to continue its mediation role in the peace procedure and suspended get in touch with.

The US administration, meanwhile, suspended help to the Palestinians pending a assessment in the light of the Taylor Force Act back in June.

The act aimed to force the Palestinian Authority to cease paying stipends to households of folks convicted of terrorism against Israel.

On Friday, a State Division spokesman mentioned the choice to “redirect” the funds to other “high-priority projects” was made as a outcome of the overview, but did not say where the cash would now go.

Both the Palestinians and the United Nations Relief and Operates Agency warned cutting funding would make daily life harder for the territories’ citizens

Nonetheless, the US official mentioned the decision took into account “the challenges the international community faces in providing assistance in Gaza, where Hamas handle endangers the lives of Gaza’s citizens and degrades an currently dire humanitarian and economic circumstance”.

Published at Fri, 24 Aug 2018 21:40:13 +0000

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