(JNS.org) The Palestinian Authority (PA) has dramatically reduced its financial aid to Gazans seeking medical care outside of the Gaza Strip, the World Health Organization (WHO) said.
According to WHO, the number of financial approvals in June 2017 was 80 percent lower than the monthly average for 2016. Some 477 Gazans received financial approval for treatment in June, down from 1,883 in June 2016.
However, the PA has denied any changes to its medical policy in Gaza despite efforts by its leader, Mahmoud Abbas, to squeeze Hamas and force the Palestinian terror group to allow the Fatah-run PA back into the coastal territory.
“We will continue the gradual stopping of financial allocations to the Gaza Strip until Hamas commits to reconciliation,” Abbas said last weekend, AFP reported.
During the last few months, the PA has also significantly reduced its payments for salaries of its Gaza-based workers, and has cut back on electricity payments, leading to numerous blackouts in the territory.
Any Gazans seeking medical care outside of the territory must first apply for permission from the PA before they can obtain Israeli permits for care.