Israel Allows Resumption of Qatar Aid to Gaza

Israel announced on Thursday that it reached an agreement with Qatar and the United Nations on a mechanism that would allow Qatar to resume the regular transfer of its financial aid to Gaza.

Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz said the new mechanism would ensure the money reaches families in need. 

“Qatar aid will be transferred to hundreds of thousands of Gazan people by the UN directly to their bank accounts, with Israel overseeing the recipients,” Gantz added. 

Following the 11-day conflict in May, Israel blocked Qatar from sending financial aid to Gaza in fear of the Palestinian militant group having access to the money and diverting it to fund its operations.

The resumption of the Qatari aid payment was aimed at easing tensions on Israel’s border with Gaza. 

Qatar’s Gaza Strip Reconstruction Committee said it signed a memorandum of understanding with the UN to send a monthly allowance of $100 to each of about 100,000 Palestinian families in Gaza starting September.  

The Palestinian militant group Hamas, which governs Gaza, promised “not to touch the donor money,” Aljazeera reported.

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