Emergency Arab aid for Palestinians urged

Palestinian Finance Minister Salam Fayyad has appealed to Arab leaders for emergency financial assistance for the four million Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. “We hope at this critical juncture and this time of acute need that Arab donor countries that have not fully disbursed on previous pledges to do so,” he said. Palestinians still suffer from the aid embargo imposed by the international community, and Fayyad hopes that Arabs would commit $660 million of the estimated $2.7 billion in funding needed this year. (Source: INTERVIEW-Palestinians need emergency aid from Arab summit/Reuters)

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