World Bulletin/News Desk
The Ramallah-based Palestinian unity government will begin paying several months' worth of delayed salaries for thousands of civil servants in the Gaza Strip, Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said Tuesday.
Hamdallah told a press conference in Ramallah that 24,000 public employees in the Gaza Strip would each receive $1,200.
The funds, he said, had been sent by mail following recent pledges by Qatar to provide Ramallah with a $30-million grant to cover the public salary shortfalls.
Palestinian Social Affairs Minister Shawki al-Eissa said Gaza's civil servants would begin receiving the money by mail over three days starting Wednesday.
Some 45,000 civil servants employed by the Hamas movement – which has governed the strip since 2007 – stopped receiving salaries soon after the formation this summer of a Palestinian national unity government.
The new government was unveiled in line with an April reconciliation agreement between Hamas and rival Palestinian faction Fatah.
The new government, however, has yet to assume political control of the Gaza Strip, impeding payment of Gaza's civil servants.
Both factions, meanwhile, continue to accuse each other of attempting to sabotage the reconciliation deal.
In a related development, Hamdallah said his government had called for a meeting with representatives of Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to deliver an "urgent" appeal for money pledged by the Gulf States at a recent donor conference in Cairo.
Hamdallah said the Palestinian government had yet to receive any of the $5.4 billion pledged by 50 countries at the Cairo conference to rebuild the war-battered Gaza Strip and shore up the cash-strapped Palestinian government.
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