Israel to free Palestine funds

2006-05-18 16:44

Jerusalem - Israel is prepared to release Palestinian tax revenues into a proposed aid mechanism being set up by Middle East mediators to avert the collapse of the Palestinian health sector and to pay some salaries, said an Israeli official on Thursday.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the money transferred by Israel would be given to specific Palestinian hospitals and clinics.

It could be used for salaries for doctors, nurses and other health workers who have not been paid in more than two months.

The official said an independent auditor would ensure the money was not diverted to the Hamas-led government or Hamas officials.