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Qatar restarts distributing aid to needy Gazans, minus the suitcases of cash

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Qatar resumed its distribution of aid to Gaza on Wednesday for the first time since the May conflict between Israel and the territory’s terror groups, this time through a new mechanism that does not involve suitcases full of cash.

The Hamas-run government’s official news agency said that the money is being disbursed through supermarkets, money exchange shops and other retail stores in a process that will continue over the coming days. The United Nations has said that the funding amounts to $40 million.

The aid is part of an informal truce brokered by Egypt and the UN in recent years, in which the Hamas terror group, the Strip’s rulers, traded calm for the easing of a blockade imposed by Israel and Egypt when it seized power from rival Palestinian forces in 2007. Israel views the blockade as a necessary measure to limit the ability of Gaza’s terror groups to arm themselves.

Israel had been allowing millions in Qatari cash to flow through Israeli crossings into Gaza on a........

© The Times of Israel

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