Tuesday, April 23, 2019
News Code : 354630 | Publish Date :2019/1/25 - 10:22 | Category: FORUM

Hamas rejects Qatar aid to Gaza over Israeli demands
Hamas said Thursday they would not accept a fresh tranche of Qatari funds to Gaza, accusing Israel of imposing new conditions on the money entering the blockaded Palestinian territory.

Hawzah News Agency (Occupied Palestine) -The rejection of the expected $15 million (13.2 million euros) raised fears of fresh tensions along the Gaza-Israel border, ahead of weekly protests on Friday.

"We refuse to receive the third Qatari grant in response to the (Israeli) occupation's behavior and attempts to evade the agreement," Khalil al-Hayya, Hamas's deputy head in Gaza, told journalists.

Al-Hayya did not name specific conditions that were changed, but said Israel was playing politics with the funds ahead of upcoming elections.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday blocked the transfer in response to renewed border hostilities.

Weeks of relative calm in the Gaza Strip ended Tuesday when Israel carried out airstrikes in Gaza that targeted a Hamas post, saying the attacks came after shots were fired at Israeli troops near the Israel-Gaza buffer zone.

On Thursday, however, an Israeli official said that Israel's Security Cabinet had decided to allow the transfer. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media. 

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