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Israel Rejects to Transfer Salaries of Hamas Employees

Israel Rejects to Transfer Salaries of Hamas Employees

Sunday, 30 June, 2019 - 07:00
Palestinian Hamas-hired employees receive salaries in the southern Gaza Strip on November 9, 2018. (Reuters)
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Israel has rejected a demand by Hamas to allocate $5 million of the Qatari money to employees’ salaries, Kan 11 News Agency reported. It also sent a firm message to Hamas that if it does not stop the firing of incendiary balloons, the fighting will resume.

This took place before the two parties agreed on resuming the truce in Gaza Strip.

The report noted that Hamas is insisting on renewing the salaries to its employees due to the organization’s difficult economic situation and criticism it could get.

Hamas had received, end of 2018, salaries from Qatar but was then forced to ask that the money be channeled to other projects. Later, the flow of money was halted which caused tensions in Gaza.

A new crisis erupted Mid-June over the Qatari money when envoy Mohammed al-Emadi entered the Gaza Strip with $10 million to distribute to 100,000 needy families, Hamas demanded money for its employees’ salaries and refused to allow the distribution of money to the needy.

It was the demands of Hamas that resulted in a delay in the distribution of funds.

A few days later, Hamas agreed to accept part of the money and only $6 million were distributed over 60,000 needy families in Gaza. The remaining $4 million were deposited by the Qatari envoy in a bank in Gaza until Israel allows it to be transferred to salaries for Hamas officials.

Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar himself approved the decision that was reached on Thursday night to return to the ceasefire and stop the firing of the incendiary balloons, after Israel sent a strong message through the mediators that "if the firing of balloons does not stop, Gaza risks a war."

According to sources, the efforts to prevent the deterioration continued until midnight on Thursday and were on the verge of failure. Only at the last moment, the "green light" was given from Sinwar, allowing the agreement to be reached.

Further, an Egyptian security delegation is expected in Gaza next week to fixate the truce and try to move to the next phase. Hamas spokesman Hazem Qassem stated that the delegation would discuss the truce, the understanding with the occupation and breaking the siege over Gaza.

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