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Biden restores millions in U.S. humanitarian aid to Palestinians cut under Trump

CNBC logo CNBC 4/7/2021 Amanda Macias
  • The Biden administration announced it will restore U.S. humanitarian and economic development aid for Palestinians.
  • The aid package includes $75 million in economic and development assistance in the West Bank and Gaza, $10 million for peacebuilding programs through the USAID, and $150 million in humanitarian assistance under the U.N.
a man riding on the back of a bicycle: A Palestinian boy rides a bicycle on a street in the southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Younis amid a lockdown, on April 3, 2021. © Provided by CNBC A Palestinian boy rides a bicycle on a street in the southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Younis amid a lockdown, on April 3, 2021.

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration announced Wednesday that it will restore U.S. humanitarian assistance and economic development for Palestinians through a series of multimillion-dollar packages.

The aid package includes $75 million in economic and development assistance in the West Bank and Gaza, $10 million for peacebuilding programs through the U.S. Agency for International Development and $150 million in humanitarian assistance for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency.

At a State Department briefing on Wednesday, spokesman Ned Price told reporters that the United States had discussed the relief package with relevant allies and partners in the region.

"The United States is committed to advancing prosperity, security, and freedom for both Israelis and Palestinians in tangible ways in the immediate term, which is important in its own right, but also as a means to advance towards a negotiated two-state solution," Secretary of State Antony Blinken wrote in a statement.

In 2018, then-President Donald Trump cut nearly $300 million in annual funding for the U.N. agency supporting Palestinian refugees.

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