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U.N. to distribute Qatari support to Gaza on Monday, envoy says

GAZA, Sept 12 (Reuters) – The United Nations will start on Monday to distribute money support to hundreds of poor households in Hamas-run Gaza beneath a programme funded by Qatar, the U.N. Center East envoy mentioned.

Qatar has donated tons of of thousands and thousands of {dollars} to Gaza for the reason that 2014 conflict between the Palestinian enclave’s Islamist Hamas rulers and Israel. However one other spherical of combating in Could prompted Israeli and U.S. calls for to revise the payouts to make sure they don’t attain Hamas. They’ve since been on maintain.

Below a revised funding scheme coordinated by Qatar and the U.N. and supported by Israel, money might be given out at greater than 700 distribution factors all through the Gaza Strip, a U.N. official mentioned.

Practically 100,000 beneficiaries will start to obtain the money support on Monday, U.N. Center East envoy Tor Wennesland wrote on Twitter on Sunday.

Officers didn’t say if or how the distribution factors had been being monitored to make sure the money bypasses Hamas.

Qatar was additionally due to supply support to civil servants in Hamas-run ministries beneath an settlement with banks beneath the jurisdiction of the Western-backed Palestinian Authority (PA).

However the PA withdrew from that association on Friday over considerations its involvement would expose it to authorized points. L1N2QC20Z Hamas is deemed a terror group by the West.

The Qatari funding scheme for Gaza’s poor has gained assist from Israel, whose prime minister, Naftali Bennett, mentioned on Monday it will guarantee cash reached these in want whereas bypassing Hamas.

Nonetheless, based on Bennett, the funds could be made in vouchers, not in money because the U.N. official mentioned.

“The grant is being transferred in vouchers and never in suitcases of money as has occurred prior to now,” Bennett’s workplace mentioned in an announcement.

When requested in regards to the discrepancy, Bennett’s workplace declined to remark.

Officers had been nonetheless working to discover a mechanism that will distribute money to civil servants with out funding Hamas army actions, Bennett’s workplace added.

Israel and Egypt maintain Gaza beneath a blockade, citing threats from Hamas. The World Financial institution has mentioned that the restrictions have contributed to hovering poverty within the enclave, residence to 2 million Palestinians.

Further reporting by Rami Ayyub
Enhancing by Raissa Kasolowsky

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