Six Palestinian legislators are headed for Iran on a mission to win financial support for the Hamas-led Palestinian government, which says it is broke.
Officials say the delegation left the Gaza Strip Tuesday, just days after the United States and the European Union cut off aid to the Hamas government.
Both Washington and the Europeans consider Hamas a terrorist organization, and leaders say they will not restore funding until Hamas renounces violence and recognizes Israel's right to exist.
In the West Bank Tuesday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said conditions in the Palestinian territories are deteriorating rapidly as the Western sanctions take hold.
Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert says the Palestinian Authority has become a terrorist authority. He told reporters today that Israel will have no contact with any part of the Palestinian government, including Mr. Abbas.
Mr. Abbas is the leader of the Fatah party, which was defeated by Hamas in legislative polls in December.Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.