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PA government spokesman: Due to 70% reduction in foreign aid, there will be temporary reductions to salaries of Gazan employees

Headline: "The [PA] government: The deductions from the Gazan employees’ salaries are a temporary step"
     "The [PA] national unity government explained that the deductions from the [public] employees’ salaries included only the additions and part of the addition for the nature of the work, without any harm to the basic salary.
The reason for this is the suffocating financial siege imposed on the occupied State of Palestine, in addition to the consequences of the [Fatah-Hamas] rift, the [Israeli] blockade [of Gaza], and the occupation's terrible steps.
Official [PA] Government Spokesman Yusuf Al-Mahmoud said: 'This is a temporary step that will not include the social [welfare] allowances and the humanitarian aid.' He emphasized that the pressures being applied to the Palestinian leadership, including the financial pressures that are expressed in the reduction of the external aid (i.e., Western donors) by approximately 70% compared to previous years, have forced the government to take such steps in order to guarantee the continued payment of the salaries. He also emphasized that this step is part of the national policy to deal with the financial difficulties.
The official spokesman added that the government has explained that the continued [Fatah-Hamas] rift and the steps taken by the acting government in the southern districts (i.e., the Hamas government in the Gaza Strip), including rebellion against the constitutional court, operating the executive committee that has begun to act as a parallel government, and the fact that the Hamas movement continues to gather the revenues and control them without returning them to the [PA] Treasury - all of these have negatively affected the financial situation and escalated the financial crisis to the point that we have reached. This is particularly so in light of the fact that all of this is taking place under the Israeli blockade [of Gaza] and occupation."
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