US suspends work of aid groups in Gaza Strip

13.08.2011                      13.Aw-Elul, 5771                      Wa'etchanan

Gaza:

US suspends work of aid groups in Gaza Strip

Official says Hamas has "created an environment which jeopardizes the ability of non-governmental organizations to provide assistance to Gaza's most vulnerable residents."

The United States has suspended operations of the aid organizations it funds in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip because the Islamist group had demanded confidential information about their work, a US official told Reuters on Friday.

"USAID-funded partner organizations operating in Gaza are forced by Hamas's actions to suspend their assistance work. (They) were put on hold effective August 12," said the official, who is based in the region….