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World Bank pays $22.3 million to PA budget
Published Wednesday 04/07/2012 (updated) 08/07/2012 15:46
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The Palestinian Authority labor minister said Saturday that due to the
government's worsening financial crisis, public sector salaries would not
be paid on time in July. (MaanImages/File)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The World Bank on Tuesday said it paid $22.3 million to the Palestinian Authority to help with a budget crisis.

The funds are from a trust paid into by the governments of Australia, France, Kuwait, Norway, and the UK, the World Bank said in a statement.

It noted that the aid was slated to support education, health care and other social services and for the economic reforms undertaken by the West Bank government.

The Palestinian Authority labor minister said Saturday that due to the government's worsening financial crisis, public sector salaries would not be paid on time in July.

Israeli and Palestinian officials told Reuters on Monday that Israel had sought a $1 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund for the Palestinian Authority to prevent its financial collapse.

The Israeli newspaper Haaretz said the IMF turned down the request because it did not want to set a precedent of one state getting a loan on behalf of a non-state body.
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1 ) Tibi / Tubas
05/07/2012 05:39
The IMF should stop wasting funds or a dying government, that refuses to move towards peace by negotiations !!

2 ) Tibi / Tubas
05/07/2012 06:19
This is like giving the neighbor money to feed his dead donkey. He will just keep telling you "the donkey is getting better", while he deposits the money in his bank, and we all know already, that the Palestinian Authority minister are a bunch of thieves !!!

3 ) mike / usa
09/07/2012 06:35
Why should other countries pay the corrupt civil servants of a terrorist clique ?
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