Official: USAID has ceased assistance to West Bank, Gaza

Official: USAID has ceased assistance to West Bank, Gaza
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The Trump administration has reportedly ended foreign assistance to Palestinians in the Gaza Strip as well as ended $60 million in annual aid to Palestinian security forces in the West Bank.

A U.S. official on Friday told Reuters that the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has ceased funding for a number of projects in the areas, including programs meant to improve access to clean water and economic growth projects. Aid from the agency was previously frozen last year.


“At the request of the Palestinian Authority, we have wound down certain projects and programs funded with assistance under the authorities specified in ATCA in the West Bank and Gaza," the official told Reuters.

“All USAID assistance in the West Bank and Gaza has ceased," the official added.

Reuters reports that the funding cut was tied to a deadline set by the Anti-Terrorism Clarification Act, which exposes foreign aid recipients to lawsuits alleging complicity in "acts of war."

A spokesperson for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas condemned the move on Friday in a statement to Reuters.

“The suspension of aid to our people, which included critical sectors such as health and education, will have a negative impact on all, create a negative atmosphere, and increase instability," said Nabil Abu Rudeineh.