Abbas aide slams reported US plans to raise funds for Gaza

RAMALLAH, West Bank — A Palestinian Authority official condemns reported US plans to secure Gulf funding for major economic projects in blockaded, impoverished Gaza.

Nabil Abu Rudeineh, an aide to PA President Mahmoud Abbas, alleges Monday that such efforts aim to further separate the Gaza and the West Bank which flank Israel. Abbas runs parts of the West Bank and the Islamic terror group Hamas controls Gaza.

Israel, citing security, has prevented most travel between the two territories sought for a future Palestinian state.

US President Donald Trump’s adviser, son-in-law Jared Kushner, is expected to visit Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Qatar and Saudi Arabia this week to discuss the situation in Gaza and the administration’s proposals for an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.

Abbas halted contacts with the administration in December, to protest what he says are blatantly pro-Israel policies.

— AP

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