US Restores Funding to Gaza Aid Groups After Spat

By: AP
By: AP

JERUSALEM (AP) -- A U.S. official says the United States has
restored funding to aid groups in the Gaza Strip after a pause in
funding, a move that would have stripped the poverty-stricken area
of $100 million in aid.

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity because the
discussions are ongoing, says that a demand by Hamas to audit the
books of international organizations would have violated U.S.
regulations banning contact with the group.

The row emerged last week when the Palestinian enclave's Hamas
rulers demanded the books of U.S.-linked International Medical
Corps.

Hamas official Mohammed Awad says the group is allowed to resume work in Gaza on Sunday after Hamas officials agreed to independent auditing.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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