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PA to pay remainder of December wages, official says

Feb. 4, 2013 12:08 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 5, 2013 8:10 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) – The Palestinian Authority will pay public sector workers the remainder of overdue December salaries on Monday, the PA finance minister said.

Nabil Qassis said in a statement that this is the last overdue payment of salaries from 2012 and the ministry will do its best to pay public sector wages in 2013.

PA employees, teachers, and healthcare workers have undertaken strike action throughout January in protest against the late payment of salaries by the PA.

Israel said on Wednesday it would give the PA around $100 million in tax revenues that had been withheld in retaliation for Palestine's statehood vote at the United Nations in November.

The tax seizure compounded the government's worsening financial crisis.

Full salaries for public sector workers have not been paid in almost three months and government initiatives to increase revenue by collecting years worth of electricity and water bills from the public have been hampered by street protests.

Israel has previously frozen payments to the PA during times of heightened security and diplomatic tensions, provoking strong international criticism, such as when the UN cultural body UNESCO granted the Palestinians full membership a year ago.
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