Hamas Threatens to Resume Bombardment Unless Israel Releases Held Up Qatari Aid, Paper Claims

One of Gaza’s main benefactors, qatar passed on the peace deals its Persian Gulf neighbors Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates made last year, although it has continued to serve as a broker between Gaza and israel for both making peace and facilitating aid.

According to a report by Lebanese daily Al-Akhbar on Friday, Hamas has threatened to resume firing rockets into israel if the country doesn’t release aid money sent by qatar and destined for the Gaza Strip in the next week.

On Tuesday, Qatari Assistant Minister Lolwah Al-Khater, a spokesperson for the foreign ministry, said the Gulf emirate would be allocating some $500 million to help rebuild more than 45,000 damaged and destroyed homes in the Gaza Strip in the aftermath of 11 days of bombardment by Israeli aircraft and artillery. That is on top of another $360 million pledged to Gaza by Doha in January, itself a continuation of past years’ aid packages.

The Israeli Defense Forces say when they carry out attacks in Gaza that they are targeting militants from the armed wing of ruling party Hamas, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, or from Palestinian Islamic Jihad, both of which Jerusalem considers to be terrorist organizations. However, most of the deaths in the recent war were of civilians, not Hamas militants. According to Gaza officials, just 80 of the 254 Palestinians killed in the war were Hamas fighters.

The bombardment began on May 10 after Hamas launched a hail of rockets into Israel, sending more…

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