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PA Accused of Obstructing Qatari Fund Entry to Gaza

The Palestinian Authority (PA) is obstructing the entry of Qatari grant into the Gaza strip, claimed reports by Hamas-affiliated and independent media outlets.

Officials in the Gaza Strip indicated that the authority rejected the agreed-upon mechanism for the entry of the Qatari grant into Gaza through the United Nations and local banks, reported al-Quds network.

The sources said that the authority had set conditions to allow the passage of the Qatari money, including a fee for the banks that will receive the grant.

It also requested that the process be carried under its direct supervision. The authority also requested a similar financial aid to the occupied West Bank, and that it also supervises the exchange.

They pointed out that the “ball is now in the court of the Israeli occupation.” In response, Gaza decided to pressure Israel to overcome the obstacles placed by the authority.

Qatari ambassador Mohammed al-Emadi is visiting Gaza in hope to reach an agreement in this regard.

Israel had agreed to allow about $30 million per month of the Qatari money into Gaza.

The agreement comes according to a new mechanism that requires the transfer of funds through Palestinian banks operating in Gaza, provided that the Qatari committee receives them from those banks and deposits them in the Postal Bank in the Strip for later distribution.

According to the agreement, the Shin Bet will check 160,000 names of candidates for the grant to ensure that the beneficiaries have no connection with the Hamas movement.

An amount of $10 million will be transferred to the UN to purchase fuel for the power plant and another $10 million for the “cash-for-work” project, which aims to improve the economic situation in the enclave.

Israeli Internal Security Minister Omar Barlev told Israel’s Army radio that the Qatari money for Gaza will not go in as suitcases full of dollars that end up with Hamas.

He stressed that there would be a new mechanism through the UN where “what will go in, in essence, would be food vouchers, or vouchers for humanitarian aid, and not cash.”

On Wednesday, Hamas warned that failure to solve the humanitarian issues in Gaza would lead to a new crisis.

Commenting on the delay in entering the Qatari money to the Strip, Hamas spokesman Abdel Latif al-Qanoua said that measures to break the blockade are a right of the Palestinian people, warning against the consequences of putting more pressure on the enclave.

Qanoua considered the Israeli facilitation of the process “a right for the Palestinians,” stressing that they will exert all kinds of pressure to attain that right.


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