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PA staff in Gaza shortchanged all over again

Palestinian Authority employees in the Gaza Strip still haven't seen their salaries from April and received only half of their May paychecks, affecting not only their bank accounts but also the Gaza economy.
Palestinian employees queue outside a cash machine outside the Bank of Palestine as they wait to withdraw their salaries, in Gaza City on April 9, 2018. (Photo by MAHMUD HAMS / AFP)        (Photo credit should read MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images)
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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The salaries of Palestinian Authority (PA) employees in the Gaza Strip were disrupted yet again in May, but the workers will be paid, according to PLO Executive Committee Secretary-General Saeb Erekat. Erekat gave the assurance May 23, when he clarified his statements that appeared May 21 in Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth.

In the newspaper interview, Erekat said the government wasn't able to pay PA employees in the Gaza Strip because of economic and technical reasons. In his more recent statement, Erekat said the delay is due to a technical glitch, and that PA employees in the Gaza Strip will get their money. He said his words in the newspaper were taken out of context.

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