Qatar announces aid for Gazan poor amid Israel truce talks
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Qatar announces aid for Gazan poor amid Israel truce talks

$100 each for 50,000 of the Strip’s poorest families will arrive in the ‘next few days,’ Doha says; beneficiaries will be selected with Hamas’s help

Palestinians rally in support of Qatar at a Qatari-funded housing project in the southern Gaza city of Khan Younis on June 9, 2017. (AFP Photo/Said Khatib)
Palestinians rally in support of Qatar at a Qatari-funded housing project in the southern Gaza city of Khan Younis on June 9, 2017. (AFP Photo/Said Khatib)

Qatar has announced it will provide temporary support to 50,000 impoverished Gazan families as mediators attempt to broker a truce between Hamas and Israel.

The Gulf state will provide $100 each to 50,000 poor families in the “next few days,” a statement from Qatar’s Gaza Reconstruction Committee said late Tuesday.

The beneficiaries are being selected in coordination with the Hamas-led authorities.

Separately on Tuesday, cash-strapped Hamas announced that civil servants would receive the majority of their salaries for the first time in months.

Hamas has controlled Gaza since ousting forces loyal to the internationally recognized Palestinian Authority in a near civil war in 2007.

Since then, the terror group has fought three wars with Israel, which maintains a blockade on Gaza together with Egypt and the PA.

Egypt and the United Nations have been brokering indirect negotiations that would see Hamas end months of violent protests along the border in exchange for Israel easing its blockade.

In an Israeli-approved deal, Qatar has started buying additional fuel for Gaza’s sole power station, allowing planned outages to be reduced to their lowest level in recent years.

Qatar is a longtime ally of Hamas, an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood.

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