Qatar Delivers Additional $15 Million to Gaza, Report Says

Local reports say Qatari envoy arrived in Gaza via Israel's Erez crossing

A Palestinian Hamas government employee waiting to receives 60 percent of their salary after $15 million arrived from Qatar, Gaza City, November 9, 2018.
Adel Hana,AP

A Qatari envoy will deliver $15 million to Gaza on Thursday, according to an economic newspaper published in the Strip. Reports in Gaza say the envoy, Mohammed el-Amadi, has arrived in Gaza through Israel's Erez crossing.

Five million dollars will be used to pay Hamas officials' wages, an additional five will be transferred to the families of those killed and wounded and the rest will be allocated to foster employment, according to assessments.

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Last month, Qatar similarly transferred $15 million to the Hamas-controlled enclave, which was used to pay the salaries of 30,000 Hamas officials. The funds also made it possible to extend the periods during which electricity is supplied in the energy-short enclave.

According to reports in Gaza, the payment was agreed upon as part of a settlement to calm the region, which involved Egypt, Qatar and UN Middle East peace envoy Nickolay Mladenov. Hamas and the Gaza factions celebrated the achievement, calling it a triumph resulting from the weekly demonstrations along the Israel-Gaza border and the sacrifices made by Gazans to lift the siege of the Strip.

Reacting to the latest transfer of funds, the chairman of the Zionist Union, Avi Gabbay, said that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has surrendered to terrorism. "Millions of dollars is flowing at the moment via Israel to Hamas – corrupt money [going] into the pockets of terrorists who have been shooting at residents of the south," he said, referring to residents of southern Israel. "This corrupt approach can be changed. It has to be changed."