• Abbas threatens to turn to ICC over frozen tax monies

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    RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories: Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas threatened Sunday to turn to the International Criminal Court over Israel’s refusal to fully release hundreds of millions of dollars in tax monies owed to the Palestinian Authority. In early January, Israel froze the monthly transfer of funds it collects on behalf of the PA as a punitive measure after the Palestinians moved to join the ICC. But on Friday, Israel agreed to release the funds after deducting debts due for electricity, water and medical services. Speaking Sunday, Abbas confirmed that two thirds of the money had been transferred. “They said they were going to send the money and in the end they did, but a third of it was deducted – why?” he asked during a speech in the West Bank city of Ramallah. “Now we have a new file to take to the ICC.”

    AFP

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