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U.S. Cuts Some Aid to Palestinians

April 7, 2006

WASHINGTON (AP) _ The United States will cancel or suspend more than $240 million in projects aimed at indirectly assisting Palestinians out of concern that the money could go to help the new leadership of the militant Islamist movement Hamas, a senior State Department official said Friday.

At the same time, the United States will redirect some of that money to humanitarian projects for the impoverished Palestinian people. Humanitarian assistance will rise by 57 percent to $287 million over several years, the official said.

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