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Qatar to transfer millions to Palestinians in Gaza, West Bank

May 7, 2019 10:12 A.M. (Updated: May 9, 2019 12:04 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Qatar will transfer some $480 million to Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, according to an announcement by Qatar’s Foreign Ministry, on Tuesday.

Of the total sum of money, Qatar said that $300 million are aimed for health and education endeavors in the Palestinian Authority (PA) and $180 million will fund humanitarian aid, support for United Nations programs, and renovation works to improve electrical systems — most probably in the Gaza Strip.

Qatar's decision followed the Egypt-mediated ceasefire agreement between Israel and Palestinian factions in Gaza took effect.

The ceasefire agreement came after two days of escalation, during which 27 Palestinians were killed and at least 154 others were injured as Israeli warplanes carried out about 320 airstrikes across Gaza, while over 600 rockets were fired from Gaza towards southern Israel.

Ismail Haniyeh, head of the Hamas politburo, expressed his gratitude to Qatar for its decision to transfer $480 million to the Palestinian people in the Strip.

He said, "We thank Qatar for the honorable grant, which seeks to help the Palestinian people in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, Qatar continues, even under the most difficult conditions, to support Palestine and its nation.”

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