Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas addresses the Palestinian leadership at the opening of a two-day conference in the West Bank city of Ramallah to discuss the future of the Palestinian Authority, on March 4, 2015. AFP PHOTO/ABBAS MOMANI
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The Palestinian Authority will pay partial salaries to most of its employees for a fourth straight month in April after Israel failed to transfer revenue it collects on the Palestinians' behalf, the Palestinian Finance Ministry said.Under international pressure, Israel agreed last week to resume the transfers, saying it would immediately pay around $400 million -- the withheld revenues less what the Palestinians owe for utilities supplied by Israel.According to Bshara, a total of 2.1 billion shekels ($500 million) is now outstanding -- four months' worth of withheld revenue less the amounts the Palestinians pay for water, electricity and other services supplied by Israel.
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