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Qatar to pay salaries of former Hamas civil servants
June 13, 2014 | 12:00 AM
 
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Doha: Qatar is stepping in temporarily to help the new Palestinian unity government pay former employees of Hamas movement's disbanded Gaza government, an official said Friday.
 
Qatar said it would contribute a total of $60 million (44 million euros) while the Palestinian Authority grapples with a pay row, the first challenge for a government formed to try to end years of Palestinian rivalry.

Prime minister Rami Hamdallah "received a phone call from the Qatari prime minister (Sheikh Abdullah bin Naser bin Khalifa Al Thani), who told him that $20 million would be transferred each month for three months to pay Gaza employees," government spokesman Ihab Bseiso said in a statement. The money would go to the occupied West Bank-based Palestinian Authority, Bseiso said, and a "special fund" would be set up to pay wages while the government discussed how to resolve the issue.

Former Hamas premier Ismail Haniya, who resigned after the unity government was formed last week, phoned Qatar's emir on June 5, when the dispute arose, to ask for his help in supporting the new government.


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