Israel hits Hamas posts after Gaza mortar fire

Randolph Lopez
January 14, 2018

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The $125 million in question amounts to about a third of Washington's annual donations to the agency.

On Tuesday, President Trump threatened to cut off aid donated by the United States government to Palestine. At the end of 2017, the UN General Assembly passed a resolution against the USA president's decision to appoint Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The frozen amount represents more than a third of the $300 million the United States contributes to UNRWA annually.

"There are imperatives and requirements for peace, and unilaterally President Trump destroyed them", Ashrawi said.

"Israel is complicit in the deliberate downgrading of living conditions in the Strip", said Gisha, an Israeli not-for-profit whose goal is to protect the freedom of movement of Palestinian Authority Arabs.

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There was some small respite for residents of the Gaza Strip on Sunday as Israel restored the electricity it supplies to the Palestinian enclave after a nine-month-long hiatus.

Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat Trump is "threatening to starve Palestinian children in refugee camps and deny their natural rights to health and education if we don't endorse his terms and dictations".

PA President Mahmoud Abbas slammed Trump's declaration last month recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital, saying that the USA could no longer be considered an unbiased broker in solving the conflict.

Privately, however, Netanyahu urged Trump not to enact the cuts, according to the Times of Israel.

Palestinians have been clashing with Israeli forces in the West Bank and along the Gaza border in weekly protests over the decision.

UNRWA was set up in 1949, following the establishment of the state of Israel.

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