Japan said Tuesday, April 24, it would extend aid of up to 889.6 million yen ($7.3 million) for Palestinians to help fund job creation projects and food purchases.
The government will contribute 590 million yen in food aid to the Palestinian Authority and 299.6 million yen through the UN Development Program to help set up jobs for Palestinians, stricken by prolonged clashes with Israeli forces, the foreign ministry said in a statement.
The additional aid comes on top of $21 million already granted by Tokyo since major unrest resurfaced last September.
"Japan hopes this aid will contribute to easing the economic hardship faced by Palestinians, as we renew our calls on Israel and Palestine to re-open their talks for maximum self-restraint and an end to violence," the statement said. — (AFP, Tokyo)
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