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    Palestinians are seen near an apartment block that was hit by an Israeli air strike, in the northern Gaza Strip | Photo: Reuters

Published 7 May 2019

Over the last decade,  the State of Qatar has become one of the largest contributors of financial and humanitarian aid to the Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza. 

The State of Qatar announced on Tuesday that it will send US$480M to the Palestinians living in the occupied West Bank and Gaza. This move by Qatar comes a day after a ceasefire deal was established in Gaza. 

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Qatar's  Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday morning that US$300M of the US$480 would support health and education programmes of the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority (PA), which controls parts of the West Bank that are not occupied by the Israeli forces.

The remaining US$180M would go towards "urgent humanitarian relief" programs sponsored by the United Nations. These programs will primarily concentrate on the electricity issues that are plaguing both the occupied West Bank and Gaza.

Hamas' political chief Ismail Haniyah expressed his gratitude to Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani for the generous donation. "I express my thanks and gratitude to Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and to the government and people of Qatar for this honorable move reflecting the generosity of Qatar."

Haniyah added that this pledge is an example of "Qatar's unwavering support of the Palestinian people."

Qatar's donation comes at a critical time for the Hamas Movement as the recent surge of violence devastated Gaza, killing at least 25 people in this coastal region. 

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