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Palestinians slam US aid cut
September 10, 2018
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RAMALLAH: The director of an east Jerusalem hospital says a US decision to cut funding to hospitals serving the Palestinians will have a “severe effect.”

Bassem Abu Libdeh, of the Makassed hospital, said on Sunday that the US covers 40 per cent of costs in six east Jerusalem hospitals that provide care for Palestinians from the Israeli-occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

The Trump administration announced the $25 million funding cut on Saturday, saying it would redirect the money toward “high-priority projects elsewhere.”

Meanwhile, Israeli army on Sunday shot dead a Palestinian man in the flashpoint Israel-Gaza border. He was given medical treatment but “later on, the suspect succumbed to his wounds,” it added.

Palestinian security officials said that the dead man was Atef Mohammed Saleh, 32, from Jabaliya in the northern Gaza Strip, near the border with Israel.

They said they did not know the circumstances of the shooting.

Trump called for a review of US assistance to the Palestinians earlier this year to ensure that the funds were being spent in accordance with national interests and were providing value to taxpayers.Agencies

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