EU: Violence in PA won't affect urgent aid

The European Union condemned widespread violence in the West Bank on Tuesday, but said neither the attacks on EU offices in Gaza City nor the kidnapping of at least 10 foreigners would affect urgent aid granted to Palestinians last month before a Hamas-led government takes office. The EU agreed to grant a $143-million emergency package to the Palestinian Authority that will pay its bills for two months. But it remained undecided Tuesday on future payments to the Palestinians. "The 120 million are there ... We want to meet the challenges of the Palestinian people," said EU External relations Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner after meeting with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas.