Biden administration sends new aid to Palestine as Middle East conflict escalates

Biden administration sends new aid to Palestine as Middle East conflict escalates


The Biden administration this week informed Congress that it will send millions of dollars in aid to Palestine aimed at promoting peace with Israel even as violence continues to escalate in the Middle East.

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As the conflict between Israel and Palestinian Islamic militant groups in Gaza intensified, the Biden administration on Thursday (May 13) informed Congress that the White House would provide $10 million to the groups. Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza to support exchange and reconciliation projects with the Israelis. US officials did not disclose the identities of the Palestinian groups receiving the new aid.

The new aid is part of a package of more than $100 million that the Biden administration decided to allocate to Palestine earlier this year, the State Department said on Friday. This policy is a complete reversal of President Donald Trump’s decision to cut aid to Palestine.

In a notice to federal lawmakers, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) said the $10 million was intended to support “people-to-people diplomacy efforts to bring conflict-affected groups together.” dealing with divisions that may be sharp in group differences such as ethnicity, religion, status, class or political leanings in areas affected by armed conflict and civil war”.

USAID said the new aid will be used primarily for cross-border projects between Israel and the West Bank and Gaza, but may also include assistance programs for Jews and Arabs in need. live in Israel.

The Biden administration has made no secret of its view that the Trump administration’s approach to the Middle East – which ignores the Palestinians – is flawed and has made the prospect of peace nearly impossible.

The Biden administration had previously announced a $130 million aid package for the Palestinians. They argued that the money was meant to encourage the Palestinians to return to peace talks with Israel.

The conflict between Israel and Palestinian Islamist militant groups that erupted earlier this week is escalating.

The Israeli military says that more than 2,000 rockets have been fired from Gaza into Israeli territory since Monday (May 10), and about half of these rockets were hit by Israel’s “Iron Dome” missile defense system. intercepted and 350 landed in the Gaza Strip.

Palestinian health officials say at least 126 people have been killed in Gaza since the beginning of the conflict, including 31 children and 20 women; Another 950 people were injured.

Meanwhile, Israeli officials confirmed that among the eight dead in Israel were a soldier patrolling the Gaza border and six Israeli civilians, including two children.

The Israeli military says it has so far killed between 80 and 90 Palestinian Islamist militants, which Israel calls terrorists.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said there were reports of more than 200 buildings in Gaza being destroyed or severely damaged and hundreds of people sheltering in schools in the north. of Gaza.

In the face of complicated hostilities in the Middle East, many major international airlines have suspended flights to Israel and at least two shipowners carrying crude oil have requested to transfer from Ashkelon to the city’s port. Haifa, the northernmost part of Gaza.

Nhu Ngoc (According to AP and Reuters)

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