Despite US aid cuts, Palestine president gets $50mn jet

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Cii Radio| Ayesha Ismail| 27 January 2018| 09Jumadul Ula 1439

The Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority (PA) has just bought a private jet for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Israeli media reported on Thursday.

“The PA has purchased a luxurious $50-million private jet to be used by Abbas,” Israel’s Channel 12 reported.

According to the broadcaster, the aircraft — set to be delivered “within weeks” — will be stationed in the Jordanian capital, Amman, for the Palestinian president’s personal use.

Funding for the plane was reportedly provided by the PA ($20 million) and the Palestinian National Fund ($30 million).

Notably, the reported purchase comes amid major reductions of US financial assistance to the PA and an ongoing economic crisis in the blockaded Gaza Strip.

Businesses in the Gaza Strip staged a general strike on Monday in protest of the deteriorating economic conditions in the Palestinian territory.

Companies, banks and markets closed their doors to customers across the seaside enclave.

The one-day strike was called by private sector companies in an attempt to shed the light on the worsening economic conditions in the strip.

A home of around two million people, the Gaza Strip experiences totally deteriorated life standards because of a destructive Israeli blockade that has been underway for more than 10 years besides a Palestinian rift and a crippled reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas groups.

Extracts – MEMO