GAZA, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Palestinian National Authority Prime Minister Prime Minister Salam Fayad says his government should be used to channel Gaza Strip relief funds.
Fayad has suggested that any countries wishing to donate immediately to the Gaza Strip relief effort should channel their millions of dollars through the Palestinian National Authority, Ynetnews said Thursday.
The prime minister's request comes just prior to next week's conference regarding aid to the Gaza Strip, which is recuperating from recent Israeli military action.
Fayad is scheduled to represent his Palestinian constituents at the aid conference.
In addition to his aid request, Fayad said in a 53-page report released by the International Monetary Fund that his government is in need of $1.15 billion.
The PA official said the funds are needed to pay for external recurrent financing requirements this year.
Ynetnews reported that the IMF report said the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the Gaza Strip will cost at least $600 million.