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Hamas: We do not know why the UN delays work projects

Senior political leader of the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, Khalil Al-Hayya, holds a press conference on 18 June 2017 in Gaza City [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Senior political leader of Hamas, Khalil Al-Hayya, holds a press conference on 18 June 2017 in Gaza City [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]

Member of Hamas’ Political Bureau Khalil Al-Hayya yesterday questioned why the UN is delaying the implementation of work creation programmes.

Speaking to Al-Ghad Al-Jadeed, Al-Hayya said that the implementation of the terms of the truce understandings with Israel are going smoothly.

However, “some terms are going through slowly,” pointing to the programme aimed at creating temporary work opportunities for unemployed Gazans.

Al-Hayya said that only 7,000 opportunities were offered, while the funds for thousands more remains. Though money was offered by donor states, “the UN has not yet increased the number of workers we agreed about.”

The senior Hamas leader said that his movement is following up on the other terms of the truce understandings with the Egyptian mediator, stressing that the Israeli occupation “must commit to these understandings; otherwise, we will use means to put pressure on it.”

READ: Palestinians call on UN to end Gaza siege 

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