PA rejects Israeli assistance in medication, demands cash

Thursday, June 08, 2006 |  Staff Writer
Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni on Wednesday told US Assistant Secretary of State David Welch that the Palestinians refused to accept Israeli aid in medications worth 50 million shekels ($11 million) and asked for the sum to be delivered in cash. Israeli officials said, “The Palestinians’ stance reveals that there is no real health crisis in the PA and that they are trying to use the money for other needs.” More than 34 trucks filled with medications have entered the Gaza Strip in recent days and the Israeli army is expected to ship containers loaded with donated medications in the near future. The World Health Organization said that the Palestinians were not interested in receiving the medications and preferred cash for their own needs.

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