LIVE UPDATES: Blinken pledges nearly $40M in additional aid for Palestinians during Gaza tour

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U.S. secretary of state is greeted by Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem as talks begin with Israeli, Palestinian leaders.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday pledged nearly $40 million in additional aid for the Palestinians during his tour of Gaza this week. 

Meeting earlier in the day with Palestinian National Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Blinken announced the administration will notify Congress of its intention to provide $75 million in additional development and economic aid. In addition, it will fund disaster assistance in Gaza to the tune of $5.5 million, and an additional $32 million to the controversial U.N. Palestinian refugee agency’s (UNRWA) emergency humanitarian appeal.