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PA rejects UN proposal for facilitating Qatari aid – report

A Palestinian woman walks past a destroyed building in the al-Rimal commercial district in Gaza City on May 22, 2021, following a ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian terror groups. (Emmanuel Dunand/AFP)
A Palestinian woman walks past a destroyed building in the al-Rimal commercial district in Gaza City on May 22, 2021, following a ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian terror groups. (Emmanuel Dunand/AFP)

The Palestinian Authority is refusing to agree to a United Nations mechanism that would see Qatari subsidies for impoverished Gazans enter the coastal enclave, according to a report in the Qatar-linked news site Arabi 21.

Israel and Hamas are currently negotiating how Gaza will be rebuilt following the 11-day May battle between the two sides. The hundreds of millions in cash that Qatar pumps into Gaza on a yearly basis have emerged as a key point of contention.

According to the report, Israel, the United States and Hamas had all agreed to an unspecified mechanism for allowing Qatari funding to the Strip through the United Nations, but the PA torpedoed it. Qatar is one of Hamas’s main regional patrons.

“The Palestinian Authority in Ramallah rejected this mechanism, and that has hindered the entry of these funds so far,” a source told Arabi 21. “All attempts to persuade the PA leadership to accommodate the new mechanism have failed.”

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