Qatar has said it will send $480m to Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and the besieged Gaza Strip after a ceasefire deal ended the deadliest fighting between Israel and Palestinian factions since a 2014 Israeli assault on the enclave.
A statement from Qatar’s Foreign Ministry on Tuesday morning said $300m would support health and education programmes of the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority (PA), which controls parts of the West Bank.
Qatar to send $480m to help Palestinians in West Bank and Gaza https://t.co/USJeNiEphy
— The Guardian (@guardian) May 7, 2019
Meanwhile, $180m would go towards “urgent humanitarian relief” in United Nations programmes and towards electricity.
Hamas’s political chief Ismail Haniya welcomed the move. In a statement, he thanked Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.
Qatar donates nearly half a billion dollars to Palestine after Israeli bombardment of Gazahttps://t.co/SS9bOaBhtL
— The New Arab (@The_NewArab) May 7, 2019
The recent three-day surge of violence in the Gaza Strip and southern Israel has led to the deaths of at least 25 Palestinians and four Israelis.
A ceasefire deal was reached early on Monday, and no Israeli air raids on the Palestinian territory have been reported since the deal came into effect.
(Al Jazeera, PC, Social Media)