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USAID ceases assistance in West Bank and Gaza: US official

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has ceased all assistance to Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza, according to a US official

The decision announced on Friday was linked to a January 31 deadline set by new US legislation under which foreign aid recipients would be more exposed 

The deadline also sees the end of about $60m in US aid for the Palestinian security forces, whose cooperation with Israeli occupation forces