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Money Returned

U.S. says Palestinians return $30 million in aid

WASHINGTON, March 2 (Reuters) – The caretaker Palestinian

government has returned $30 million in aid to the United States

as part of a review by Washington of aid to the Palestinians

since the militant group Hamas won elections, a senior U.S.

official said on Thursday.

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs

David Welch told lawmakers the $30 million, which had been

earmarked for infrastructure work, was returned on Wednesday as

well as another tranche of $76,000 in aid. The U.S. government

is awaiting a further $20 million to be reimbursed.

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