EU gives $30 million in aid to Palestine

May 10, 2005 at 5:20 PM

BRUSSELS, May 10 (UPI) -- The European Commission has allocated $30.6 million in humanitarian aid to Palestinians living in the occupied territories and Lebanon.

"Despite the improving political climate, most movement restrictions for people and goods remain in place," said Louis Michel, European commissioner for development and humanitarian aid, in a Tuesday statement.

"While it is crucial that humanitarian aid does not become a structural feature of the Palestinian economy, international donors must continue to help meet the urgent needs of the population," he said.

The aid allocated by the commission is earmarked to provide food to 730,000 Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza. Clean water and sanitation will be given to more than 180,000 people, while some 120,000 inhabitants of the West Bank will have access to temporary jobs and support for small-scale businesses.

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