Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Top Album in Gaza: Dire Straits-Brothers in Arms-Money for Nothing

Dire Straits-Brothers in Arms-Money for Nothing (What a great hit in Gaza)

News just in and I can't help remembering the Dire Straits!

The United States will provide additional aid to Palestinian refugees, including those living in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip, a senior diplomat said on Tuesday.
In January, the US government contributed 40 million dollars to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine refugees (UNRWA), and Sam Witten, assistant secretary of state in charge of refugees, said more would be forthcoming. "We will be making additional substantial contributions in the near future," he told reporters during a visit to an UNRWA-built girls' primary school and clinic in the Jalazon refugee camp near the West Bank city of Ramallah. Much of that support will go to the more than one million refugees living in the Gaza Strip, which has been under crippling economic sanctions since the Islamist Hamas movement seized power there in June. "The United States is not abandoning the people of Gaza and our additional contribution will be of assistance to them," Witten said, adding that Washington is the largest bilateral donor to UNRWA.
UNRWA head Karen Abu Zayd, who accompanied Witten, has repeatedly called on Israel to reopen crossings into Gaza, which has been cut off from all but vital humanitarian aid for more than eight months. "You see the deterioration before your eyes ... The electricity problem, the water problem. It's cold and it's dark and the people are simply miserable," she told AFP. The United States, along with the European Union, considers Hamas a terrorist organisation, and has said mechanisms are in place to prevent aid from reaching the organisation. Last year the United States gave more than 154 million dollars to UNRWA, which provides basic services to 4.5 million Palestinian refugees, mainly in Lebanon, Syria, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.



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