Ramallah: The Ministry of Social Affairs based in Ramallah has suspended monthly financial aid to thousands of families in Gaza in a move that has been widely criticised.
The ministry says the suspension was not political, but the decision was taken after the conditions of the families were “carefully reviewed”.
It added that the ministry applied strict and fair standards when reviewing the criteria of needy families.
“This recent decision by the Ramallah ministry is surprising and illegal as it was conducted without cooperation or consultation with the Gaza branch of the ministry,” said Dr. Yousuf Ebrahim, the Undersecretary of the Gaza Ministry of Social Affairs said.
“The money was going to support families with disabled or special needs members,” he added.
Approximately 1,297 needy families in Gaza will no longer be receiving the financial aid support.
Sami Abu Zahri, a spokesman for Hamas, the political party ruling Gaza, said that the Palestinian National Authority continues to discriminate against Gazan families.
“They are participating in Gaza’s deterioration,” he said.