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Palestinian official says international donor pledges to rebuild Gaza Strip not yet fulfilled


JERUSALEM — A Palestinian official says international donors have not yet followed through on their pledges to rebuild Gaza.

Donors at an international conference held in Cairo in October pledged $2.7 billion toward Gaza's reconstruction.

Deputy Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Mustafa says the Palestinian Authority has received "not even one penny" from Gulf states and Turkey, some of the biggest donors. Funds from other countries have also not come through, he said.

Mustafa said Monday that donors are concerned about a rift between Hamas, which rules Gaza, and the western-backed Palestinian government in the West Bank. The sides have been unable to agree on who will control border crossings with Israel, from where building materials would pass.

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The Israel military says a Palestinian man has been arrested after a foiled attack on a soldier in the West Bank.

The army says other soldiers intervened to stop the unidentified Palestinian from stabbing his intended victim in the town of Tulkarem on Monday.

The attack comes amid high tensions between Israelis and Palestinians, mostly over the longstanding impasse in the Middle East peace process and Palestinian fears that Israel is trying to change the status quo at a sensitive holy site in Jerusalem by allowing Jews to pray there.

Over the last two months, 11 Israelis have been killed in five separate Palestinian attacks — mostly in Jerusalem, but also in the West Bank and Tel Aviv. Five of the Palestinian assailants were killed by Israeli security forces.

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