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Donor pledge boost for Palestinians

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International donors have pledged almost 400 million euros in aid for the Palestinian Territories and called on Israel to give humanitarian agencies better access to the region. The money was pledged at a donors’ conference in Sweden on Friday. Conditions in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank have worsened due to a Western aid boycott over the Hamas-led Palestinian government’s refusal to recognise Israel, renounce violence and accept past peace deals. The boycott has left the Palestinian Authority on the brink of financial collapse and many state workers unpaid.