Monday, 15 July, 2019

Hamas gets funds from Qatar to pay civil servants' salaries

Israeli forces kill Palestinian, injure dozens in Gaza Qatari cash reaches Gaza in campaign to ease tensions
Patty Aguilar | 12 November, 2018, 07:44

Officials from Hamas, Qatar and Israel have been largely silent about the details of the Gaza payouts arrangement.

The demonstrations have often escalated as protesters have burned tires, hurled explosive devices, and attempted to infiltrate or damage the volatile border fence, and as militant groups have launched rocket barrages into southern Israel prompting retaliatory airstrikes. Further, Israel has agreed to transfer United States $90 million from Qatar to Hamas for paying the salaries of Hamas' government officials for six months, as long the transfer takes place under the auspices of the UN, The Jerusalem Post reported.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has reportedly convinced Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to agree to accept the ceasefire understandings reached between Hamas and the Zionist entity, the London-based Al-Hayat reported on Thursday.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health reported that the military fired live ammunition and rubber-coated steel bullets at the demonstrators, as well as tear gas.

Israel had previously agreed to the gas-rich Gulf Arab state donating materials for civilian construction projects or fuel, anxious that more fungible cash donations could reach Hamas, against which it has fought three wars in a decade.

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Gaza City: A Palestinian was killed by Israeli fire during clashes along the Gaza Strip border yesterday, the health ministry in the coastal enclave said. They were the first installment of $90 million that Qatar has pledged to cover salaries and other humanitarian operations for six months. Hamas says the monthly disbursements will gradually increase.

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman also criticized the Qatari money transfer to Gaza.

According to the SAMA news agency, the incident occurred when the ambassador visited the Al Awda camp in the eastern part of the enclave.

Medics evacuate a wounded woman from near the fence of the Gaza Strip border with Israel during a protest east of Gaza City, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018.

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