Norway resumes aid to Palestinians

Norway resumed direct aid to the Palestinian administration with a $10 million transfer, after it became the first Western country to recognize the new Hamas-led coalition, the foreign minister said Thursday.

Norway resumes aid to Palestinians
Norway resumed direct aid to the Palestinian administration with a $10 million transfer, after it became the first Western country to recognize the new Hamas-led coalition, the foreign minister said Thursday.

"We hope our contribution will help ease the social crisis the Palestinians are now going through," said Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere. He said the aid will be used to pay wages for civilian public servants.

The United States, the European Union and other countries cut off direct aid to the
Palestinian Authority last year after a government led by the Hamas party that took office.

Norway recognized a new coalition, which included Hamas and the Fatah party, when it took office in March, and earlier this month announced it would resume direct aid.

"The critical situation in Gaza has many causes, but social need and desperation draw in a negative directions," Stoere said. "It is especially important for the Palestinian authorities to receive economic aid from the international community."
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