As US aid dries up, Palestinian infrastructure projects left unfinished

The White House “blocked an emergency effort” to finish major US-funded school, water and sewage projects in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip. One such project is “a nearly complete multi million-dollar sewage network in Jericho” which will now “have to be buried under asphalt and abandoned”, while “a $1.4 million school facility under construction in the Bethlehem area” will also “be left behind”, according to official documents. The aid group responsible for the school project, “recently received notification from the US government that it may have to tear down the school”. The US Agency for International Development (USAID), “which oversees these projects, will lay off most of its local staff within months”, say US officials.
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