Qatar, Egypt agree to supply fuel and building materials to Gaza

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The deal was struck during a meeting of the International Donor Group for Palestinians in Oslo on Wednesday.

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Qatar and Egypt have signed agreements to supply fuel and basic construction materials to the Gaza Strip, Qatar’s foreign ministry said on Wednesday.

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The announcement was made by Qatar’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Soltan bin Saad Al-Muraikhi in Oslo during a ministerial meeting of the Ad-hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC), the international donor group for Palestinians.

“his Excellency [Al-Muraikhi] The Qatari Foreign Ministry, in a statement, noted the importance of the current understanding, facilitating the movement of passengers through the Rafah border crossing and communication between all sides to defuse the situation in the region. Statement,

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The announcement comes in May to rebuild Gaza after an 11-day war with Israel. Officials in Gaza say around 2,200 homes were destroyed and 37,000 damaged during Israeli bombing of the enclave, Reuters news agency said.

At least 253 Palestinians, including dozens of children, were killed in the fighting. According to Israeli officials, rockets launched by Hamas and other groups killed 13 people in Israel, including two children.

Following the May 21 armistice, access to reconstruction funds and materials, through Egyptian mediation, has been a major demand of Hamas. Israel, which has imposed a tight land, air and sea blockade on Gaza since 2007, limits building materials entering the region, saying Hamas uses them to make weapons for attack.

But following an agreement with the United Nations and Qatar, Israel allowed financial aid to enter Gaza from the Gulf state.

Gaza officials estimate it will take $479 million to rebuild homes and infrastructure damaged in May’s fighting. Qatar and Egypt have pledged $500 million to rebuild Gaza.

The United States, which participated in the AHLC on Wednesday, called the meeting an “important opportunity” for the Palestinians to support economic growth.

“During the discussions, the United States reaffirmed the American commitment to advance equal measures of prosperity, security, and freedom for both Israelis and Palestinians alike, which is important in itself, but a two-state solution.” It is also as a means of moving towards a state in which Israel lives in peace and security with a viable Palestinian state,” the US government said in a statement.

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