Distribution of the fourth installment of Qatari aid to the Gaza Strip began

A masked Palestinian protester passes by burning tyres during clashes with Israeli troops near the border between Israel and Central Gaza Strip October 14, 2015. Seven Israelis and 31 Palestinians, including children and assailants, have been killed in two weeks of bloodshed in Israel, Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank. The violence has been partly triggered by Palestinians' anger over what they see as increased Jewish encroachment on Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque compound, also revered by Jews as the site of two destroyed Jewish temples. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — The committee on Monday began distributing cash aid to 100,000 poor families in the Gaza Strip, which has been besieged for more than a decade.

The source said, “This morning, the distribution of a cash aid of 100 dollars per poor family through the branches of the post office began,” adding that “the total number of families benefiting from cash assistance is about 108 thousand families.”

The distribution of aid began after the arrival of the head of the Qatari delegation, Ambassador Mohammed Al-Emadi, to Gaza at dawn on Monday through Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing.

An AFP correspondent in Gaza monitored hundreds of people queuing up at various post offices in the Gaza Strip.

The aid is part of the country’s $ 30 million monthly financial payment, in the framework of a truce agreement signed in November 2018 between Israel and the Palestinians brokered by Egypt and UN peace envoy Nikola Mladenov.

“In the coming days, for the next six months, rent will be paid to the owners of the units that were totally destroyed during the recent aggression on the Gaza Strip,” said Naji Sarhan, undersecretary of the Ministry of Public Works and Housing of Hamas.

The ministry explained that 130 housing units were completely destroyed in the sector, and 830 units were partially destroyed.

Israel has imposed a blockade of the Gaza Strip for more than a decade, saying it aims to isolate Hamas, which has controlled the Gaza Strip and fought three wars against it since 2008. But its critics see the blockade as a collective punishment for the 2 million people living in Gaza.

“Our goal is to lift the siege on Gaza and establish a democratic national government that unites the West Bank and Gaza in order to maintain peace and tranquility,” Mladenov told a news conference.

“I worked seriously to alleviate the suffering of the people of Gaza and break through the siege so that the population can live better. We will cooperate with all sides in energy and health,” he said during his visit to the solar energy project at Nasser Hospital in Khan Yunis.

Mladenov expressed his hope that “the truce will not collapse” in Gaza.

Israeli-mediated Palestinians and Israelis reached a cease-fire at dawn on Monday, two days after a military confrontation, the fiercest since the 2014 war. Twenty-five Palestinians, including at least nine militants and four on the Israeli side, were killed in two days of escalation.

Palestinian officials said Israel had agreed to ease the suffocating blockade of the Gaza Strip as part of the truce.


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