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Qatar provided over $1 billion to Gaza since 2012

Feb. 10, 2019 3:06 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 11, 2019 3:08 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Qatar provided the Hamas movement, the de facto leading political party in the besieged Gaza Strip, with over $1.1 billion from 2012 to 2018, with the approval of the Israeli government.

According to the Haaretz news outlet, the information on the financial aid was collected by an international organization and was presented to the Israeli security cabinet in January 2019.

In 2018, Qatar gave Hamas $200 million for humanitarian aid, fuel and government salaries and pledged to provide hundreds of millions of dollars more through United Nations aid groups.

Sources reported that about 44% of the money provided by Qatar during 2018 was invested in infrastructure, about 40% was used for education and health care, and the remaining went to support Hamas and other groups in Gaza.

Qatar also gave $50 million to United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) with Israeli government’s approval.

In January 2019, Qatar signed an agreement in which it would contribute $500 million to various UN agencies, and most of the money is expected to go to enabling UNRWA to continue operating in Gaza. This money will help to fund 180,000 Palestinians and reduce unemployment in Gaza.

Reportedly Qatar decided to increase its aid to Gaza and other Arab countries in 2017, at the height of the diplomatic crisis between Qatar and a number of other countries, particularly Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt.

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