Following Compromise, US-funded Aid Groups Resume Operations in Gaza

A man watches over pallets of humanitarian supplies for Gaza. Photo by: Israel Defense Forces / CC BY-NC-SA

U.S.-funded aid groups in the Gaza Strip have resumed operations when the United States restored funding on Sunday, Aug. 14, averting the loss of some $100 million in aid to the impoverished region.

This followed the withdrawal by Hamas rulers of their demand to conduct an audit of aid groups working there.

Earlier, the Hamas closed down humanitarian nonprofit group International Medical Corps for its refusal to submit to a financial audit. Following the incident, the U.S. government imposed a 48-hour deadline for the Hamas to withdraw its demand or else lose U.S. funds for international aid groups working in Gaza.

When the Hamas ignored the deadline, the U.S. made good on its threat to halt its aid in Gaza on Friday, Aug. 12.

A Hamas official announced Saturday, Aug. 13, that a compromise has been reached with the U.S. Agency for International Development to continue the funding for aid programs in Gaza.

The compromise, which was facilitated by the United Nations, is based on allowing independent auditors to inspect the files of the IMC, a report by the Associated Press reveals. The IMC reopened Sunday, Aug. 14.

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