US bows, agrees to give aid to the Palestinians
US bowed to pressure from its allies and agreed to support a program to funnel humanitarian aid to the Palestinian people.Updated: May 10, 2006 03:36 IST
The United States bowed to pressure from its allies on Tuesday and agreed to support a new program to temporarily funnel additional humanitarian aid directly to the Palestinian people.
A statement by Mideast peacemakers, issued after a day of closed-door diplomatic meetings, did not suggest precisely how much or what kind of aid they would provide. But the agreement seemed to underscore a concern that months of withholding most aid from the Palestinians, part of an effort to pressure the new Hamas-led government toward a more accommodating stance with Israel, was harming the Palestinian people.
First Published: May 10, 2006 03:36 IST