Saudi, Qatar pledge PA aid

Saudi Arabia and Qatar have pledged to transfer $33 million to the Palestinian Authority to ease a severe budget crisis, a senior Palestinian government official said.

    Hamas won in the Palestinian elections last week

    Saudi Arabia promised $20 million (euro16.5 million) and Qatar pledged $13 million (euro11 million) in quick aid to help the Palestinian Authority pay January salaries to 137,000 employees, the official said on Wednesday.

    He spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been finalised.

    Earlier, Israeli officials said they were suspending the monthly transfer of millions of dollars in tax and customs revenues to the Palestinians.

    This is in light of last week's victory of the resistance movement Hamas in parliament elections. 

    SOURCE: Unspecified


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