RAMALLAH, September 15, 2014 – (WAFA) – Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah called on Monday donor representatives to urge their respective governments to provide more humanitarian assistance (aid) to the Gaza Strip.
The premier also called them to urge their respective governments to support the Palestinian national consensus government, whose efforts Israel has been attempting to sabotage, to intervene to allow construction materials into the strip and continue to support Area C within the occupied West Bank.
Hamdallah made these remarks during a Local Development Forum’s meeting that paves the way for upcoming donor countries’ meeting slated to be held in New York on September 22. The meeting was presided over by Hamdallah and attended by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Economy Mohammad Mustafa, several ambassadors and consuls representing donor countries, World Bank and International Monetary Fund’s representatives in addition to a host of representatives from relevant Palestinian ministries.
“The Palestinian government currently accords priority to the provision of full aid to the Gaza Strip despite of all economic challenges. The report to be submitted by the Palestinians to the donor conference will focus on this priority,” stated Hamdallah, who also stressed that the Israeli occupation is responsible for the deteriorating situation in the war-torn coastal enclave.
He noted that as a result of the Israeli occupation, the Palestinian people have been deprived from their most elementary rights, especially the right to life, the right to housing and the right to education, as well as their right to establish an independent state on 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.
The premier stressed the need for donor countries to provide financial assistance to support the government’s treasury, so that it can meet its obligations across all governorates.