US gives $5M to Palestinians amid pandemic

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas gestures with his hand during a joint press conference with the visiting Bulgarian president at the Palestinian Authority headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah on March 22, 2018. (AFP PHOTO / ABBAS MOMANI)
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. (photo: AFP / Abbas Momani)
Aid donation to fight coronavirus given after Trump administration has cut millions of dollars of aid to Palestinians

By Reuters /Israel Hayom Staff | Apr 17, 2020

The $5 million will be international disaster assistance from the US Agency for International Development, according to the State Department’s website.

The United States is giving $5 million to the Palestinians to help them fight the coronavirus epidemic, a US envoy said on Thursday.

The donation announced by US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman follows years of aid cuts by President Donald Trump’s administration to the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

“I’m very pleased the USA is providing $5M for Palestinian hospitals and households to meet immediate, life-saving needs in combating COVID-19,” Friedman wrote on Twitter.

“The USA, as the world’s top humanitarian aid donor, is committed to assisting the Palestinian people,” he added.

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