Kerry announces $414m in US assistance to Palestinians

GMT 22:43 2014 Sunday ,12 October

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Washington - KUNA

Secretary of State John Kerry, in Cairo for an international conference on Gaza reconstruction, on Sunday announced USD 414 million in US assistance to the Palestinians.
This includes more than USD 212 million that will be delivered through the US Agency for International Development (USAID), said an announcement from the State Department.
Of this sum, approximately 75 million dollars will support "critically needed relief and early recovery efforts" in Gaza; USD 100 million will support the Palestinian Authority's budgetary needs, including through financial support to the East Jerusalem Hospital Network; and USD 37 million will further strengthen the institutions of the Palestinian Authority, support economic growth, provide health and humanitarian assistance, and build the infrastructure and water resources of the West Bank, the announcement said.
The announcement also includes USD 118 million in humanitarian assistance to Gaza announced by Kerry in July and September, which provided "critical humanitarian aid, including food, water, shelter and medical supplies to the population of Gaza," the department said.
This included a USD 74-million contribution to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees' (UNRWA) Gaza Flash Appeal, USD 36.4 million in USAID assistance, and USD 7.7 million to other international partners, the announcement said.
It further includes USD 84 million provided to UNRWA to address other emergency needs in the West Bank and Gaza, it said.
"The United States remains committed to continuing to address the needs of the Palestinian people," it said.

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