World Bulletin / News Desk
A Palestinian minister on Sunday accused Israel of obstructing the arrival of a Qatari grant that will be used by the Palestinian government in paying the salaries of civil servants in the Gaza Strip.
"Israeli authorities prevent the arrival of the Qatari grant to the Palestinian national unity government," Mamoun Abu Shahla, the minister of labor in the government, told Anadolu Agency.
He said Israel puts pressure on some international institutions to block the arrival of the grant, which will at the end undermine the government's ability to pay the salaries.
Abu Shahla added that the Palestinian government needs to find new mechanisms to obtain the grant.
The salaries of Gaza's civil servants have been a pain in the head for the Palestinian national unity government since its formation a few weeks ago in the light of a reconciliation deal between the two main rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas.
Fatah, which rules the occupied West Bank, and Hamas, which used to rule the Gaza Strip, signed the deal on April 23, ending divisions that marred their relations since 2007.
The national unity government is due to manage the affairs of Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank until legislative elections are held within the next six months.
But with empty coffers and an earlier decision by Israel to withhold tax and customs dues, the new government is more than unable to pay the salaries of Gaza's civil servants.
Around 50,000 Gaza employees have not received their salaries for May. To pay them their salaries, the Palestinian government needs to have $40 million at least.
On June 13, Qatar said it would pay $20 million to the government so that it can pay the salaries of Gaza's employees.Last Mod: 23 Haziran 2014, 10:11