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U.S. Aid Agency Is Preparing To Lay Off Most Local Staff For Palestinian Projects

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U.S. Aid Agency Is Preparing To Lay Off Most Local Staff For Palestinian Projects

Under orders from the Trump administration, the U.S. Agency for International Development is preparing to lay off most of its Palestinian aid workers in its West Bank and Gaza mission, according to U.S. government communications reviewed by NPR.
It’s the latest step toward shrinking a decades-long U.S. aid mission to build the capacity for a future Palestinian state. In response to NPR’s request for comment, a USAID official emailed a statement saying that the agency has “begun to take steps to reduce our staffing footprint.” He did not want his name used.
The decision to dismiss the aid workers raises questions about how the Trump administration can implement the Israeli-Palestinian peace plan it vows to soon unveil — with an emphasis on major investments in the Palestinian economy, potentially funded by Gulf Arab states.

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