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Third batch of Qatari aid to Gaza Strip begins

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — The Gaza Strip’s National Committee for the Reconstruction of the Gaza Strip began distributing the third batch of cash aid to 100,000 poor families this month as part of truce understandings between Israel and the ruling Hamas movement in the besieged enclave.

The Qatari ambassador in the sector, Mohammed Al-Emadi, said that “the committee started the process of disbursing cash assistance to 100,000 poor families at $ 100 each.”

The third installment of $ 30 million in monthly aid has increased the number of families benefiting from it.

The committee last month distributed financial aid to 60,000 poor families in the Gaza Strip.

The distribution is carried out through the branches of post offices in the Gaza Strip for the families selected according to the agreed criteria and conditions in coordination with the Ministry of Social Development in Gaza.

According to the Qatari committee, the distribution process will continue for several days according to the mechanism of alphabetical order of the beneficiaries and to avoid the gathering inside the post offices.

“The increase in the number of beneficiaries comes to relieve the people of the Gaza Strip in light of the difficult humanitarian conditions they are living in and coinciding with the start of the new school year,” he said.

The understandings were reached between Israel and Hamas last November, mediated by Egypt and the UN peace envoy Nikolai Mladenov.

Qatari aid is helping Gazans make ends meet in the fragile economy, with unemployment rising to 52 percent, according to the World Bank.

“Thank God my name is among the beneficiaries this month. This assistance will ease the financial crisis,” Ibrahim al-Haddad, 46, told AFP.

“I can pay part of the rent of the house, especially since the expenses after the Eid and we are at the doors of the opening of the new school year has become many.

“This money breaks a crisis and then I have little,” said Jacir Zaqout, a 42-year-old father of five who collects plastic containers.

“I came to get help so I buy books and notebooks for my children, but it will not be enough for all expenses,” said Mohamed Abu Shaaban, 54.

The head of the Qatar Committee for the Reconstruction of Gaza, Mohammed al-Emadi, arrived in Gaza on Thursday through the Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing to the north, to oversee the disbursement of aid.

Since last November, the Gaza Strip has been a fragile truce that has been established several times by Egyptian and UN mediators.

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