Britain to More Than Double Financial Support for West Bank and Gaza

The U.K. government announced it would increase its budget to stimulate the economy, help create jobs and increase access to water and electricity in Gaza

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Britain's Prince William shakes hands with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, June 27, 2018.
Britain's Prince William shakes hands with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, June 27, 2018. Credit: Alaa Badarneh/AP

The British government announced Monday it would more than double its support for economic development in Gaza and the West Bank.

According to the statement from the United Kingdom, the budget increase aims to "help improve economic and humanitarian conditions for ordinary Palestinian families."

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British Middle East Minister Alistair Burt announced on Monday a new U.K. aid program to "help create hundreds of jobs, install vital water and electricity infrastructure, and boost Palestinian exports."

The U.K. will provide up to 38 million British Pounds (about $50 million) over five years.

According to the statement, the British government funding aims, among other things to help construct the Gaza Central Desalination Plant in order to "increase access to clean piped water and help replenish the Gaza aquifer," ensure electricity by installing solar panels for households, businesses, hospitals and public buildings and create jobs by connecting Palestinian tech firms and UK businesses.

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