Israel National News (Link) - Maayana Miskin (December 2, 2010)
Well over half of the Palestinian Authority budget is spent in Hamas-run Gaza, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas told the Algerian paper Al-Shuruk in an interview printed Wednesday. The PA budget is supplied mainly by the European Union and the United States, both of which refuse to fund Hamas because it is a terrorist group.
For one thing, the PA continues to pay a monthly salary to 77,000 Gaza residents who used to work for the Fatah-led PA that was overturned in a bloody Hamas coup in 2007.
PA money also covers the cost of fuel for the Gaza power plant, the district’s water, many of the medicines in Gaza hospitals, and more, said Abbas. A total of 58% of the PA’s funds go to Gaza.
Residents of Gaza also receive support from the United Nations, which provides food aid for most Gaza Arabs and primary education to many of the area’s children. In addition, many countries have sent aid to Gaza through international organizations in an attempt to bypass Hamas.