Hamas: Qatar pays public wages by sending fuel to Gaza

A Hamas official said that the rulers of Gaza have reached an agreement that Qatar will restore subsidies to public servants by sending fuel to impoverished areas.

Gaza City, Gaza Strip-A Hamas official said on Tuesday that the Hamas ruler in Gaza has reached an agreement that Qatar will resume subsidizing public officials’ salaries by sending fuel to impoverished areas.

Prior to the 11-day war in May, Qatar transported cash in suitcases into the territory through Israel, contributing to the salaries of about 50,000 employees of the Hamas government. The new Israeli government, which will be sworn in next month, has vowed to stop this arrangement.

The official, who asked not to be named, said that under an agreement with Qatar and Egypt, the wealthy Gulf country will send fuel from Egypt to Gaza, and Hamas can resell the fuel to help pay wages because the agreement involves Diplomatic sensitivity. Qatar did not immediately comment.

Due to the prolonged financial crisis, Hamas civil servants have been receiving irregular payments instead of full salaries for many years. Even with the assistance of Qatar, most public officials can only receive up to 55% of their salary.

Issam Dalis, the top administrator of the Hamas government, told reporters on Monday that his government is working hard to improve the situation and hopes to complete it before the next payday.

Qatar is already paying for the fuel costs of the only power plant in Gaza, and in September used a UN-operated voucher system to restore financial assistance to approximately 100,000 poor families. Public wage assistance is the last major aid for Qatar’s recovery after the war.

The aid is part of an informal ceasefire agreement promoted by Egypt to stabilize the Gaza Strip. Since the Islamic militant group Hamas seized power from hostile Palestinian forces in 2007, the Gaza Strip has been under Israeli and Egyptian blockade. .

Since the war, Israel and Egypt have relaxed their blockade, and Israel has relaxed the blockade on the condition of continued calm. Israeli officials declined to comment on Qatar’s latest aid.

The Ministry of Finance, managed by Hamas, announced a cash-back program for gas stations that purchase large amounts of fuel, apparently to quickly sell it to pay salaries.