EU: Aid will not be affected by violence

Wednesday, March 15, 2006 | 
Despite Palestinian kidnappings of at least 10 foreigners and attacks on European Union offices in Gaza after the Israeli raid on a Jericho prison, the EU said it would send a $143 million emergency package to the Palestinian Authority anyway. However, the EU’s Hans-Gert Poettering said any future aid would be conditional on Hamas recognizing Israel’s right to exist. "We'd like to give them a chance. It must be clear to them that, long term, this support is only possible if they recognize Israel," he said. Israeli police raised the alert level following the raid on the Jericho prison. But in Gaza, the violence had already begun. At least 10 people were briefly abducted and three were still being held. “Israel will pay a heavy price for the operation,” the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine said. In addition to the kidnappings, PFLP members carried out arson attacks on a British Council building, a French cultural center and the European Union building in the Gaza Strip.

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