Fayad: Salaries of Gaza civil servants in doubt

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayad said he will not be able to pay the December salaries of 77,000 civil servants in Gaza unless Israel renews cash shipments. Israel stopped sending cash to Gaza in October, as part of a tight border closure of the Hamas-ruled territory. Fayad heads the West Bank government, a Hamas rival, but continues to pay salaries of Gaza civil servants and members of the security forces who remained loyal to PA President Mahmoud Abbas after Hamas ousted Abbas' troops from Gaza in 2007. The civil servants' December salaries are in doubt because of the cash shortage, according to Fayad. The salaries were to be paid Wednesday.