Gaza County Gaza Strip (Gaza) – Gaza's rulers promised on Friday what they described as a profit of their weekly…
Gaza County Gaza Strip (Gaza) – Gaza’s rulers promised on Friday what they described as a profit of their weekly protests along Gaza-Israel perimeter ceiling, which has often become deadly, after receiving $ 15 million from Qatar to help pay salaries to the area’s officials.
“Today, we see some fruits of the protests of the siege in Gaza,” said Khalil al-Hayya, a leading Hamas official, to reporters in a protest in eastern Gaza city, referring to the contribution. “We are still waiting for the implementation of all other understandings.”
Since March, the Islamic militant group has orchestrated weekly demonstrations along the fence, largely against a blocked Israel and Egypt imposed when it seized Gaza in 2007. [1
9659003] Qatar, Egypt and the United Nations, acting as go-betweens for Hamas and Israel, intensified their space diplomacy in recent weeks after a full-blown war between Hamas and Israel appeared in advance.
The Qatari contribution is part of indirect Hamas-Israel understandings to improve the living conditions of Gaza’s 2 million people and subsequently to reduce border protests, where 170 Palestinians and an Israeli soldier have been killed since they began in March.
The shutdown pushed Hamas financially. Recent budget cuts of the West Bank-based administration of President Mahmoud Abbas have exacerbated the situation of Gaza’s rulers and prevented them from paying full wages to their 40,000 employees.
But on Thursday a Qatari sent the money through Israel in three suitcases. They were the first $ 90 million installment that Qatar has promised to cover wages and other humanitarian operations for six months.
Employees reporting to the group taken outside of Hamas-affiliated banks and post offices – usually closed for weekends on Fridays – to get 60 percent of their long-term wages. In the past few months, they had instead received less scholarships every 40 days. Hamas says that monthly payments will gradually increase.
In addition to cash deliveries, Hamas requires an expansion of the allowed fishing zone off the Gaza Strip, uninterrupted flow of fuel to mitigate chronic power shortages and lifting Israeli restrictions on exports and imports, a Hamas official said he spoke on terms of anonymity because He was not authorized to discuss the matter in public.
For the second week in a row, the Palestinians held Friday’s protests gently, burned less tires and refrained from breaking the fence against avoiding a fatal response from the Israeli military.
However, a 28-year-old who was seriously injured by Israeli fire during the marches later died in a hospital under the Ministry of Health.
The Qatari mediator, Mohammed Al-Emadi, visited a protest camp in Eastern Gaza where he was welcomed by Hamas officials.