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Qatar contributes $5 million to Gaza govt to support reconciliation

May 4, 2014 10:45 A.M. (Updated: June 6, 2014 10:57 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Qatar has donated $5 million to the Gaza government to support Palestinian reconciliation, an official said Sunday.

Ismail Radwan, the Gaza government's minister of endowment, told reporters Sunday that Qatar had contributed $5 million to provide financial support for "community reconciliation," especially focused on bereaved families who lost relatives to the Fatah-Hamas conflict.

Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh spoke to Qatar Emir Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani via telephone to ask for financial support, Radwan said.

He said the Qatari money would go towards reimbursing families for damaged property caused by the conflict, medical treatment for those injured, and paying blood money.

On April 23, the Fatah-led PLO and Hamas announced a national unity deal to end seven years of political division between the largest two Palestinian parties, with a national unity government to be set in place within five weeks.

The division between Fatah and Hamas began in 2006, when Hamas won Palestinian legislative elections.

In the following year, clashes erupted between Fatah and Hamas, leaving Hamas in control of the Strip and Fatah in control of parts of the occupied West Bank.

The groups have made failed attempts at national reconciliation for years, most recently in 2012, when they signed two agreements -- one in Cairo and a subsequent one in Doha -- which have as of yet been unimplemented.
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