In first since virus emerged in Gaza, banks deliver Qatari grants to poor

      Published on Wednesday, 1 April , 2020      0 Views     
In first since virus emerged in Gaza, banks deliver Qatari grants to poor

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Postal banks in the Gaza Strip began distributing the latest installment of small grants from Qatar on Tuesday morning to impoverished Palestinian families, Palestinian news sites based in the coastal enclave reported.

In the past year, the banks have distributed such Qatari grants several times to tens of thousands of needy families in the small territory.

Doha has agreed to provide the grants to poor families in Gaza as part of ceasefire understandings between Israel and terror groups in the Strip, including Hamas.

Photos posted by the Hamas-linked Palestinian Information Center’s Twitter account showed lines of Palestinians at the banks, waiting to receive their payouts while maintaining a significant distance between one another.

Mohammed al-Emadi, the head of the Qatari Gaza Reconstruction Committee, said in a statement Monday that 100,000 needy families would receive payouts in the form of $100 bills, starting on Tuesday.

He said the process of distributing the funds to all of the families would take two weeks.

Since it first started doling out grants to poor families, the Reconstruction Committee has announced varying numbers of beneficiaries.

For example, in February, it said it would give 120,000 needy families in Gaza payouts; in January, it said it would grant funds to 70,000.

An official in the Reconstruction Committee, who spoke on condition of anonymity in late November 2019, said that the number of beneficiaries has fluctuated based on “the decision of the [Qatari] ambassador,” without elaborating.

Category World | 2020/04/01 latest update at 6:40 PM
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