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PA Prime Minister says Israel to transfer delayed tax revenues
06/09/2008
Palestinian Authority prime minister Salam Fayad says Israeli officials have informed him that they have transferred millions of dollars in delayed tax revenues. But Fayad says the cash still has not come through. The money goes toward paying the salaries of around 150,000 Palestinian civil servants. They haven't received their May wages yet. Israel was meant to ship around $74 million dollars last month. It collects the tax revenue on behalf of Palestinians in an agreement between both sides. An Israeli treasury official blamed the delay on a technical glitch. Fayad staffers suspect that Israel delayed the transfer deliberately after the Prime Minister called on the European Union to not upgrade its relations with Israel.
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