Middle East

Israel to allow transfer of Qatari funds to Gaza via UN

Move will contribute to strengthening of calm between Palestinian factions, according to Israeli TV

Said Amouri   | 18.06.2021
Israel to allow transfer of Qatari funds to Gaza via UN

JERUSALEM 

Israel has found a new mechanism for transferring Qatari funds to the Gaza Strip, Israel’s Channel 12 reported Thursday.

The mechanism will allow the transfer of "Qatari and other funds to Gaza through the United Nations, and not through bags, as was the case in the past," it said.

"This will be a factor leading to strengthening the calm between the Palestinian factions in Gaza and Israel," the channel added.

In Gaza, the National Committee for Reconstruction plays a major role in implementing projects that serve the people of the Strip and mitigate the effects of the siege imposed on it by Israel for years.

In January, the Emir of Qatar, Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, issued instructions to allocate a financial grant of $360 million to support Gaza, to be disbursed over the course of 2021.

More than two million Palestinians live in the Gaza Strip, suffering from very poor economic and living conditions as a result of a Israeli blockade since 2006.

*Writing by Mahmoud Barakat

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