Washington withholds $65m aid for Palestinians: PLO criticizes US move


WASHINGTON Jan 17 (TNS): The United States withholds 65 million dollars in Palestinian aid planned to give a U.N. agency that serves the Palestinians, after two weeks after President Donald Trump questioned the value of such funding.

In a letter the State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert, notified the UN Relief and Works Agency that the US is withholding this amount of a planned 125 million dollars funding installment.

The letter also makes clear that additional U.S. donations will be contingent on major changes by UNRWA, which has been heavily criticized by Israel.

The Palestinian Liberation Organization criticized the move, saying it is targeting the most vulnerable segment of the Palestinian people and depriving the refugees of the right to education, health, shelter and a dignified life.