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108,000 Gaza families to benefit from Qatar funds transfer

Some $15 million will be distributed to poor families and a further $15 million will be spent on fuel for the electricity company in Gaza

The National Committee for the Reconstruction of Gaza announced the start of the distribution of $100 in aid to families in the Gaza Strip today.

A total of 108,000 families will benefit from cash assistance which is being provided by Qatar.

The grant comes after Israel approved the transfer of the funds in to the besieged enclave and Qatari Ambassador Mohammed Al-Amadi arrived in the Strip.

Some $15 million will be distributed to poor families and a further $15 million will be spent on fuel for the electricity company in Gaza.

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For his part, the United Nations Coordinator for the Middle East peace process, Nickolay Mladenov, said that the United Nations has worked to alleviate the suffering experienced by the people of Gaza, to allow them to live a better life under the siege.

He added that Qatar’s assistance is a very important stabilising and calming factor, especially in the field of energy.

“We hope to maintain calm for at least three weeks to be able to implement projects.”

He pointed out that the focus will be on temporary employment opportunities in cooperation with the World Bank and the United Nations Development Program.

Mladenov arrived in the Gaza Strip this morning through the Erez (Beit Hanoun) Israeli-run crossing.

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