U.S cuts 200 million in economic aid to Palestinians, cites ‘high-priority projects elsewhere’

The U.S has cut over $200 million in economic aid to Palestinians, according to an order by President Donald Trump. Trump had directed the State Department to “redirect” the funding for programmes in the occupied West Bank and the besieged Gaza Strip to unspecified “high-priority projects elsewhere”, a senior US official said.

The official added that the decision took into account “the challenges the international community faces in providing assistance in Gaza, where Hamas control endangers the lives of Gaza’s citizens and degrades an already dire humanitarian and economic situation”.

The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) criticized the US move, calling it “the use of cheap blackmail as a political tool. The Palestinian people and leadership will not be intimidated and will not succumb to coercion.”

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