The Palestinian resistance movement of Hamas has rejected a Qatari aid package for Gaza, saying they would not allow the deliveries to be used as political fodder in the upcoming Israeli elections – after the Zionist entity blocked the entrance of aid into the blockaded Strip earlier this week.
Israeli media reported on Thursday that the enemy’s security cabinet had agreed to permit an envoy to bring a $15m trench of Qatari money to be brought into Gaza as early as Friday – days after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blocked the transfer.
The funds transfer was expected to begin on Thursday, to be distributed to officials in Gaza only on Friday afternoon, Israel’s Haaretz newspaper said.
The payment would have been the third of six planned trenches, totaling $90m.
However, on Thursday a Hamas spokesperson said they would be rejecting the offer of aid.
Khalil Haya, a Hamas senior official, said he had discussed the situation with Qatari Ambassador Mohammad al-Emadi, describing the Israelis’ allowance of the aid as an attempt to blackmail the Palestinian people and embarrass Qatar.
“We assure our people and our brothers in Qatar that we welcome their role and appreciate their efforts, both Prince Tamim, Foreign Minister Abdullah Al Thani and Ambassador Al-Amadi,” he said in a statement.
“Our people and Gaza will not be part of blackmail or involved in internal Israeli elections.”