Qatar closes Israeli trade office over Gaza assault

Qatar ordered the closure of Israel's trade office in Doha over the Jewish state's assault on Gaza, Qatar's official news agency reported on Sunday, citing a foreign ministry official.

Qatar closes Israeli trade office over Gaza assault
"The ministry has summoned the head of Israel's trade office in Doha and gave him an official memorandum of Qatar's decision to close the bureau," the agency quoted the official as saying.

Qatar, previously the only Gulf Arab state has trade ties with Israel still occupying Palestinian territories, said officials working at the Jewish state's trade office, open since 1996, have seven days to leave the country.

Earlier, Arab leaders at their summit hailed Qatar and Mauritania for freezing ties with Israel. Qatar was additionally lauded for setting up a fund to assist the victims of the Israeli aggression in Gaza and help the rebuilding effort.

Israel declared a unilateral ceasefire at 2.00 am (0000 GMT) on Sunday to end its 22-day-long air and ground assault, but said would pull out its troops from Gaza.

The Jewish state's violence in Gaza claimed the lives of at least 1,245 people, including more than 400 children, wounded another 5,300.

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