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The Qatari government has vowed to pay $20 million to assist the new Palestinian unity government cope with a financial crisis that has prevented Gaza's civil servants from receiving their monthly salaries, a government spokesman said Friday.
"Qatar has promised to transfer $20 million over the span of three months to help resolve the salary crisis of Gaza's public-sector employees," read a statement by government spokesman Ihab Bassiso.
According to Bassiso, the agreement came during an earlier phone call between Qatari Prime Minister Abdullah bin Nasser and his Palestinian counterpart, Rami al-Hamdullah.
The statement did not specify when the pledged money would be transferred.
However, Bassiso said the recently-unveiled Palestinian cabinet would establish a special fund for paying Gaza's public employees.
The move, he said, was part of the new government's efforts to iron out technical crises that had resulted from the seven-year-old rift between the Gaza-based Hamas movement and its West Bank-based rival, Fatah, which had led to the establishment of two separate seats of government in Gaza and Ramallah respectively.
Hamas said Thursday that Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani had promised Hamas leader and former Gaza prime minister Ismail Haniyeh to help the new government pay public-sector salaries in both the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
Clashes erupted in Gaza on Wednesday night when a group of civil servants – who had formerly received their salaries from the Hamas government – besieged several ATM machines to prevent their counterparts who receive their salaries from Ramallah from withdrawing their monthly pay, eyewitnesses told Anadolu Agency.
The new Palestinian unity government was unveiled earlier this month. The move came in line with an April reconciliation deal between Hamas and Fatah aimed at healing their seven-year rift.
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