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Palestinians Give Lukewarm Response to Aid Plan

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Palestinian officials say a new international aid plan is a good first step but is inadequate. The quartet of Mideast mediators -- the United States, European Union, United Nations and Russia -- approved the plan to bypass the Hamas-led Palestinian government and cover Palestinian health and utility costs.

But the plan keeps the freeze on international aid to the Hamas government until the group renounces violence and recognizes Israel. The suspension in aid has prevented the Palestinian government from paying 165-thousand civil servants for three months.

Hamas spokesman Ghazi Hamad says those conditions are unacceptable. He says Israel should also be asked to stop attacks in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Israel welcomed the quartet aid plan. Israeli spokesman Mark Regev said his country will not impede humanitarian support for the Palestinian people.

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