In their first face-to-face contact in a month, Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas have failed to come up with a way to ease the Palestinian financial crisis.
Talks held on Saturday evening are to resume today. After four hours of discussions, Haniyeh restated the difficulties faced since the US and EU froze direct aid to the Palestinian Authority: “Unfortunately, this problem is intensifying because of the parties that surround the Palestinian people and because it is backed by the US and the Israeli occupation,” he said. Around one thousand people protested in the West Bank town of Nablus on Saturday against the non-payment of salaries to public employees. The economic sanctions against the Palestinian Authority have prompted concerns of a humanitarian crisis and an escalation of Middle East violence.