The United States cancelled more than USD 200 million in aid for the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and West Bank.
“At the direction of the president”, which came after a review of aid programs to the Palestinian territories, a senior State Department official said.
The decision to cut Palestinian funding comes amid a humanitarian crisis in Gaza, which has seen a surge of violence since Palestinian protests began in March. At least 171 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire during demonstrations near the border with Israel.
The funding previously allocated for programs in the West Bank and Gaza will “now address high-priority projects elsewhere”, said the official.
Relations between the US administration and the Palestinian Authority took a descent after Trump announced the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.