Report: US threatens Gaza aid over Hamas audits of NGOs

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August 12, 2011 11:20

 
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The US State Department threatened on Thursday to cut the aid funds it sends to the Gaza Strip if Hamas continues to insist upon a supervisory role in foreign aid organizations operating in the Strip, The New York Times reported.

After months of tensions with non-governmental organizations, Hamas suspended operations of the International Medical Corps early this week, prompting Washington to issue the threat via a third party, the Times reported.

The source of the problem is that because Hamas is listed as a terrorist group by the United States, any on-site audits - as demanded by Hamas - would violate rules forbidding direct contact with the organization, putting their American funding at risk, the newspaper said.

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