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Qatar Resumes Aid to Thousands of Gaza Families

Qatar has begun the redistribution of aid to the besieged Gaza strip since the first time they stopped the above when violence escalated in the region in May between Israel and Hamas, the Palestinian group that governs the territory. Since Israeli’s involvement in the violence over the Gaza strip, Qatar has been donating hundreds of millions of dollars to Gaza. According to the reports by the United Nations, the funding amount is around $40 million. As per reports by Hama’s official news agency, this money is being distributed through supermarkets, money exchange shops and other retails stores in a process that will take the next couple of days to be finished off.  The Qatari aid previously went to some thousands of poor families and to pay the salaries of civil servants in Gaza’s government. The aid to the families has resumed, but there’s not yet an agreement on the help for Hamas’s government payroll.

Before the most recent escalation in violence between Israel and Hamas, Qatari diplomats have delivered millions of dollars through the Beit Hanoun border crossing in cash by carrying it in suitcases. This border is also called Erez by Israel, which controls the crossing. The policy has sparked controversy from the Israeli side looking at the incident as the government bowing down to the Hamas pressure. 

The United States has also decided to take all the necessary steps domestically as well as internationally to rebuild the Gaza strip. The United Nations has further announced that the funds received from Qatar will be distributed through the same mechanism its agencies use in the territory before. Although since coming to the office in June, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has taken into consideration all the possibilities to stop such deliveries to be happened from yet these have continued especially after the fight between the two countries escalated since May this year.