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Hamdallah: PA paid $15.5 billion to Gaza since 2007

Nov. 25, 2018 1:38 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 26, 2018 10:41 A.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian government spent $15.5 billion on the besieged Gaza Strip since 2007, according to Palestinian Prime Minister, Rami Hamdallah.

Hamdallah spoke at the inauguration of a new emergency ward at Rafidya Hospital and an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the National Hospital in the northern occupied West Bank city of Nablus, and stressed that the Palestinian government has “done its best to prevent the collapse of the health system in the Gaza Strip.”

He said, “We have worked to develop and improve the health care sector and prevented its collapse in the Gaza Strip.”
“We dispatched convoys of medicines and medical supplies there and the government continues to pay for transfers to get medical treatment in hospitals outside (of Gaza).”

He also mentioned that the Palestinian government spends $96 million per month on Gaza and that since 2007, when the Hamas movement took control of Gaza until September 2018, the government had spent a total of $15.5 million on Gaza while revenues from Gaza were only $5 to $6 million.

Hamdallah expressed hope that current efforts led by Egypt to reconcile the Palestinians and to end the division that started in 2007 will succeed and bring national unity.

He reiterated that the government made sure that Palestinian hospitals in occupied East Jerusalem continue to function normally even after the United States decided to stop its financial aid to these hospitals, “as a punishment to Palestinians for not supporting its schemes for a settlement in the area.”

Hamdallah said, “We have paid $12.5 million as a grant to cover the deficit that resulted from the halt in American funding and the rest will be paid in the coming months.”

According to statistics issued by the Palestinian Ministry of Health, almost 90% of the Palestinian government medical transfers from Gaza are for the Palestinian hospitals in East Jerusalem.

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