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Hamas rejects Qatari cash transfer of millions to Gaza

Deputy chief Khalil al-Haya remarked that Gaza will not become a puppet in the Israeli elections in April.

Palestinians protesters burn a a giant Israeli flag during clashes with Israeli security forces on the Gaza Israeli border east of Khan Yunis, in the southern Gaza Strip on April 6, 2018. Photo by Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90.
Palestinians protesters burn a a giant Israeli flag during clashes with Israeli security forces on the Gaza Israeli border east of Khan Yunis, in the southern Gaza Strip on April 6, 2018. Photo by Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90.

Hamas rejected a $15 million cash transfer from Qatar on Thursday, said the terrorist organization’s deputy chief.

According to Palestinian news agency Ma’an, Khalil al-Haya remarked that Gaza will not become a puppet in the Israeli elections in April. But that also means that the 2 million residents in the Strip will continue to lack necessary staples and health care.

He accused Israel of not allowing funds to enter Gaza on a monthly basis.

However, Israel’s Security Cabinet on Wednesday reversed its decision earlier this week not to permit the Qatari transfer to Gaza to help struggling Palestinians there.

The $15 million was to be the third installment approved by Israel’s government in what officials see as a way to ease tensions and avoid a potential humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

The initial decision not to permit the previously approved funding stemmed from renewed Palestinian rioting and violence along the Gaza-Israel border as an Israeli officer was hurt by sniper fire, with a Hamas terrorist killed in a counterattack by Israel. The Israeli military shut down areas near the border to civilian traffic, fearing more an escalation.

Qatari envoy Mohammed El-Amadi was in Jerusalem on Wednesday to resolve the dilemma and convince Israel to permit the transfer.

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