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Public security minister says Gaza aid will be food vouchers, not cash

Public Security Minister Omer Barlev suggests that Qatari money destined for the Gaza Strip will arrive as food vouchers, not cash.

“The Qatari money to Gaza won’t enter as dollars in suitcases that go straight to Hamas,” Barlev tells Army Radio. “The mechanism will largely operate through the United Nations, and will enter as food vouchers or humanitarian assistance, not cash.”

The UN and other international bodies and countries have vowed to send assistance to Gaza following the bruising 11-day conflict between Hamas and Israel in May. Since Israel largely controls the entry of goods into Gaza, it is expected to facilitate such deliveries.

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