Qatari Envoy Arrives in Gaza to Discuss How to Transfer $30 Million

The transfer is part of the implementation of understandings reached following the latest round of escalations

A Palestinian worker checks a truck carrying United Nations Relief and Work Agency (UNRWA) aid supplies that arrived in Rafah through the Kerem Shalom crossing in the southern Gaza Strip, May 12, 2019.

Qatari envoy Mohammed Al-Emadi arrived in the Gaza Strip Monday to transfer $30 million in aid to the coastal enclave as part of agreed upon understandings with Palestinian factions and Israel.

Al-Emadi did not arrive with the money in hand. He will hold a meeting with UN envoy Nickolay Mladenov and Hamas politburo chief Ismail Haniyeh to coordinate the money transfer through other means.

The money is supposed to go to families in need and for projects that will create jobs. They money is also expected to be used to pay the salaries of Hamas officials with the exception of members from the military wing.

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On Sunday, Israel reopened its border crossings with the Gaza Strip, as part of the cease-fire agreement with Hamas and Islamic Jihad that ended a week ago a round of aggression that claimed the lives of 25 Palestinians and four Israelis.

Following the escalation, Qatar pledged to give $480 million to the Palestinians, including $180 million in urgent humanitarian aid and an additional $300 million to the Palestinian Authority.

Officials in Ramallah said the decision to appeal to Qatar for financial support marked a change in approach from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, whose ties with Saudi Arabia are tighter.

The Qatari funds to the PA and Gaza are slated for education, health and humanitarian support.

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said that out of the $480 million, $50 million is a grant and $250 million is a loan to be paid out in monthly installments of $21 million. The remaining $180 million will be transferred to Gaza and be overseen by the Qatari Fund for Development.