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UAE announces $1.9 million aid to develop Hebron city in occupied West Bank


President Sheikh Mohammed has ordered 7.3 million dirhams ($2 million) to support the Palestinian city of Hebron.

United Arab Emirates President Mohamed bin Zayed issues directive [Getty]

this United Arab Emirates AED 7.3 million (US$ 1.99 million) has been announced to support Palestinians in the occupied city of Hebron Palestinian Territories, emirates news agency Wan Report on Friday.

This grant will contribute to the continued development of the West Bank city.

announcement is after Abu Dhabi The head of the Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT) met with a Palestinian delegation led by local Hebron Mayor Tayseer Abu Sneineh reported that.

During the talks, the two sides discussed ways to implement the initiative and strengthen cooperation in municipal work.

The President of the United Arab Emirates, Mohamed bin Zayed, issued an “instruction to provide AED 7.3 million to support the Palestinian city of Hebron”, Wan explain.

The move is part of a partnership initiative between the Abu Dhabi Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT) and the UAE-Palestine Friendship Club, Wan Add to.

This follows the UAE’s $20 million (AED73.6 million) donation announced earlier this month in support of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).

Ambassador Lana Zaki Nusseibeh, Permanent Representative of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations, announced the UAE’s contribution, which will be disbursed over the next two years.

Since 2018, UAE aid to Palestine has reached $541 million, including $139.3 million through UNRWA.

The donations come after the UAE normalized relations with Israel in September 2020 as part of the controversial US-brokered Abraham Accords, which Bahrain and Morocco have also followed.

The controversial normalization deal, which shattered decades of Arab consensus, was roundly slammed by various Palestinian factions as a betrayal of their cause.

It saw the signing of the UAE-Israel trade agreement, which is expected to reach more than $10 billion a year within the first five years.


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