UN to distribute cash aid to Gaza families, envoy says | Gaza News

UN to distribute cash aid to Gaza families, envoy says | Gaza News

Nearly 100,000 beneficiaries to obtain cash aid at greater than 700 distribution factors, UN official says.

The United Nations will start on Monday to distribute cash aid to hundreds of poor households within the besieged Gaza Strip below a programme funded by Qatar, the UN Middle East envoy has stated.

Qatar has donated a whole bunch of tens of millions of {dollars} to Gaza since Israel’s assault on the Gaza Strip in 2014. But one other spherical of preventing in May with Hamas, the Palestinian group that guidelines Gaza, prompted Israeli and United States calls for to revise the payouts to guarantee they didn’t attain Hamas. They have since been on maintain.

Under a revised funding scheme coordinated by Qatar and the UN and supported by Israel, cash can be given out at greater than 700 distribution factors all through the Gaza Strip, a UN official stated.

Nearly 100,000 beneficiaries will start to obtain the cash aid on Monday, UN Middle East envoy Tor Wennesland wrote on Twitter on Sunday.

Officials didn’t say if or how the distribution factors had been being monitored to make sure the cash bypasses Hamas.

Qatar was additionally due to present aid to civil servants in Hamas-run ministries below an settlement with banks below the jurisdiction of the Western-backed Palestinian Authority (PA).

But the PA withdrew from that association on Friday over considerations its involvement would expose it to authorized points. Hamas is deemed a “terrorist group” by a number of Western nations.

The Qatari funding scheme for Gaza’s poor has received assist from Israel, whose prime minister, Naftali Bennett, stated on Monday it could guarantee cash reached these in want whereas bypassing Hamas.

However, in accordance to Bennett, the funds can be made in vouchers, not in cash because the UN official stated.

“The grant is being transferred in vouchers and not in suitcases of cash as has happened in the past,” Bennett’s workplace stated in an announcement.

When requested concerning the discrepancy, Bennett’s workplace declined to remark.

Officials had been nonetheless working to discover a mechanism that will distribute cash to civil servants with out funding Hamas army actions, Bennett’s workplace added.

Israel and Egypt maintain Gaza below a blockade, citing threats from Hamas. The World Bank has stated that the restrictions have contributed to hovering poverty within the enclave, dwelling to two million Palestinians.

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