JERUSALEM: US President Barack Obama has ended a USD 147 million Congressional funding freeze that shut down Sesame Street and other aid programmes to the Palestinians.

An official with the US Agency for International Development said today that the money, which pays for infrastructure, education and health projects, had been restored.

But the official could not say specifically whether Sesame Street would resume.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.

In October, a member of Congress froze USD 192 million earmarked to the Palestinians as a penalty for their United Nations membership bid. Since then, Congress has released about USD 45 million.

Obama announced on Wednesday he would override Congress and release the remaining funds.

(Agencies)