PA cuts social allowances to 80,000 poor families in blockaded Gaza

80000 families blocked Gaza

A senior official unraveled a decision by the Palestinian Authority (PA), chaired by Mahmoud Abbas, to suspend social allowances to over 80,000 families in the blockaded Gaza Strip.

According to a senior PA official, 80,000 underprivileged families in Gaza are to be shorn of social allowances previously allotted to the enclave’s poorest families.

Similar measures have recently been opted for by the PA against thousands of Gaza’s civil servants and prisoners’ families.

The decision makes part of a chain of castigatory steps pursued by PA chief Mahmoud Abbas to tighten the noose around Gazans’ neck following pressure by Israel and the US.

Thousands of Gaza’s workers were pushed into early retirement; thousands of others, including MPs and ex-prisoners, have had their salaries and allowances cut without justification.

(Source / 11.07.2017)

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