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Qatar injects more cash into Gaza for Hamas employees

AFP  |  Gaza City (Palestinian Territories) 

Employees of the administration in the Strip began collecting their salaries for a second month Friday, after pumped more cash into the territory with Israel's blessings.

It came despite a major flareup between and that saw resign as Israel's after accusing of being soft on the Islamist group.

Hundreds of employees of government departments waited in long queues outside banks in the Strip from the early hours, AFP reporters said.

The Hamas-run announced in a statement to that the money would be distributed over the next two days, with employees receiving 50 per cent of their salaries.

Doaa, a 36-year-old employee at the women's ministry in Gaza, said she came early in the morning to receive her salary.

"This payment helps us to live our life and meet the needs of our children, even if only a little."

In Qatar's operation, a total of USD 90 million is to be distributed in six monthly instalments of USD 15 million, according to authorities, primarily to cover salaries of officials working for Hamas.

A first tranche of USD 15 million was distributed in November, and the second one was brought into late Thursday by Qatari Mohammed al-Emadi, Hamas sources said.

The to Gaza also met Hamas

The Qatari cash injection is part of an unofficial truce between Hamas and Israel, that was supposed to see an end to months of violent protests along the Gaza-border in exchange for an easing of Israel's crippling blockade of the coastal enclave.

But on November 11, Hamas and Israeli undercover troops had a bloody gun battle following a botched Israeli raid in southern Gaza.

In the following days, Hamas fired hundreds of rockets at in response, with the striking Hamas targets in Gaza.

A ceasefire two days later ended the violence, but Lieberman, who was opposed to the Qatari money transfer, resigned.

Hamas has controlled Gaza since pushing out rival faction in a 2007 near civil war.

civil servants were then instructed not to work, so Hamas has hired around 40,000 additional staff.

Hamas and Israel have fought three wars since 2008.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, December 07 2018. 17:15 IST
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