Palestinians leave the Makassed hospital in East Jerusalem, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)
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The director of an occupied East Jerusalem hospital said Sunday that a U.S. decision to cut funding to hospitals serving the Palestinians will have a "severe effect". Dr. Bassem Abu Libdeh, CEO of the Makassed hospital, said the U.S. covers 40 percent of costs in six occupied East Jerusalem hospitals that provide care for Palestinians from the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip.Trump called for a review of U.S. assistance to the Palestinians earlier this year to ensure that the funds were being spent in accordance with national interests and were providing value to taxpayers.Trump made it clear Thursday he was working to force the Palestinians to negotiate.
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