Denmark, Sweden suspend Palestinian development aid

AFP , Wednesday 11 Oct 2023

Denmark and Sweden said Tuesday they were suspending Palestinian development aid but maintaining humanitarian assistance following the Hamas group's attack on Israel.

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Denmark s Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen delivers a speech after laying a wreath of flowers at Israel s Embassy in Copenhagen, Denmark, on October 10, 2023.AFP

 

The announcements came a day after the European Commission launched a review of its development aid to the Palestinians.

The government in Copenhagen said in a statement it "has decided to put Danish development assistance to Palestine on hold".

"A thorough review will be conducted to ensure that no Danish funding is misused to indirectly support terrorist organizations that attack Israel," it said.

The review will be conducted "in close dialogue with Denmark's partners in the EU and the Nordic countries," it said.

For 2023, Denmark had earmarked humanitarian and development aid totaling 235.5 million kroner ($33.5 million) for the Palestinian territories.

Around 72 million kroner of development aid has yet to be disbursed.

"It is this assistance that is now being put on hold," the statement said.

Sweden also said it was suspending development aid but did not provide any immediate details on the amount.

Austria and Germany have also announced that they were suspending development aid.

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