Qatar to send money to the West Bank, Gaza after Israel ceasefire
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates : Qatar Said Tuesday It Sends $ 480 Million To West Bank And Palestinians Gaza Strip After A Ceasefire Deal, The Deadliest Fighting Between Israel And Palestinian Militants Ended Since A 2014 War
Qatar's Foreign Ministry said $300 million would support health and education programs of the Palestinian Authority, while $180 million would go toward "urgent humanitarian relief" in UN programs and toward electricity. The Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip suffers from chronic electricity shortages.
The Recent Two-day Outbreak Of Violence Killed 25 People In Gaza, Both Militants And Civilians, And Four Civilians In Israel.
Hamas Spokesman Hazem Qassem Said That Egyptian Mediators, Along With Officials From Qatar And The UN, Helped Mediate In The Truce Agreement. The Agreement Is Believed To Include A Number Of Economic Support And Development Programs In Gaza, Including The Provision Of Additional Electricity And The Creation Of Temporary Jobs In An Area Where Unemployment Has Risen By More Than 50%.
The Energy-rich, Small Country Of Qatar Has Become A Major Donor For The Palestinians.
The Palestinians Have Been Divided Between Two Rival Governments Since 2007, When Hamas Expelled The Forces Of The Internationally Recognized Palestinian Authority From Gaza. Hamas Has Since Steered Gaza, Where The Palestinian Authority Manages Autonomous Zones On The West Bank Occupied By Israel.
This Is The First Time In The Past Years That Qatar Has Directly Financed The Palestinian Authority. In Recent Years, Money Has Only Gone To Gaza, Where It Opened A Hospital Last Month.
The United States And The European Union Classify Hamas As A Terrorist Group. Although Qatar Does Not Pay Hamas Directly, Its Support Since 2012, Totaling $ 755 Million, Is A Vital Lifeline For The Group With Money Buoys, Making It No Longer Necessary To Invest In Civil And Infrastructure Projects.
Omar Shaban, A Gaza Economist, Said The Latest Financing Was Extraordinary.
This Decision Increases Qatar ' S Role In The Coming Phase And Make It Acceptable Ramallah As It Is In Gaza, He Wrote On Facebook.
Both Palestinian Governments Are In Deep Financial Difficulties. The Palestinian Authority Has Been Hit Hard By Cutting Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars In US Aid, As Well As A Dispute With Israel Over Tax Transfers.
Israel Has Begun Withholding Money From These Transfers According To The Palestinians To Families Of Palestinian Attackers Who Have Been Caught Or Killed In Fighting Israel.
Israel Says Money Rewards Violence. The Palestinians Say That The Payments Are Social Prosperity For Families Affected By A Conflict, And They Have Refused To Accept Tax Transfers Unless The Funding Has Been Fully Restored.
Aid Cuts And Refusal To Accept Partial Tax Transfers Have Plunged The Palestinian Authority Into A Deep Crisis In Which It Can Pay Its Employees Only Half Of Their Salaries.
On The West Bank, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Thanked The Qataris And Said The Aid Would" Help The Palestinian People To Overcome Some Of Their Hardships, To Face The Challenges, And To Strengthen Their Steadfastness On Their Land."
In The Meantime, The Economy In Gaza Has Been Plagued By An Israeli-Egyptian Blockade, Years Of Fighting With Israel And Hamas ' Insulation And Mismanagement. Cuts In Help From Abbas ' The Government, Like The US Cuts In Financing For UN Programs, Also Have Population Of Coastal 's Hurt.
Hamas Leader Ismail Haniyeh Welcomed The Qatari Aid And Thanked The Leader Of The Gulf State S.
This Honorable Decree Is A Continuation Of The Unrelenting Qatari Positions That Support The Palestinian People Politically And Financially, In Addition To Defending Palestinian Rights On International Platforms, He Said.