Qatar says it will contribute $500 million for Gaza reconstruction, Doha’s Foreign Minister says.
“At the directive of His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar, the State of Qatar announces $500 million in support for the reconstruction of Gaza,” Foreign Minister Mohammad bin Abd al-Rahman Al-Thani says in a statement.
Al-Thani vows that Qatar will continue to support Palestinians so as to reach “a just and lasting solution by establishing their independent state in accordance with the Arab Peace Initiative.”
Several countries have pledged funds to help reconstruct Gaza. Qatar’s regional rival Egypt has said it will also spend $500 million on reconstruction efforts. The United States has promised $37.5 million in immediate relief to the Gaza Strip, with millions more in development assistance to be distributed later.
Qatar has funneled cash into the blockaded Hamas-ruled enclave for years with Israeli approval. The Gulf state had already pledged $360 million in aid to the Gaza Strip at the beginning of the year.