Blinken announces U.S. aid to Gaza, pledges to reopen Jerusalem consulate

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By Ali Sawafta and Jeffrey Heller RAMALLAH, West Bank/JERUSALEM (Reuters) -Secretary of State Antony Blinken pledged on a Middle East mission on Tuesday that Washington would provide new aid to help rebuild Gaza as part of efforts to bolster a ceasefire between its Islamist Hamas rulers and Israel. Hoping to reverse a move taken by former President Donald Trump that angered Palestinians, Blinken said the United States would advance the process of reopening its Jerusalem consulate that had served as its diplomatic channel to the Palestinians. Speaking alongside Palestinian President Mahmoud Abb…

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