by: Itay Blumenthal and Elior Levy
Friday, 3 April 2020 | Despite the spread of the coronavirus throughout the region, Qatar is continuing to transfer its monthly financial aid to the Gaza Strip, which has detected nine confirmed cases so far.
The latest distribution of the allowance began on March 31 to more than 100,000 Palestinian families in the coastal enclave.
Each family will be given US $100 in cash out of a total package of US $10 million.
Hamas, the terror group that rules the Gaza Strip, has been forced to change the format of distribution to prevent gatherings that might lead to more people being infected with the coronavirus.
The distribution will last for two weeks, with each family receiving a message in advance informing them of the time and place to receive the money.
In addition, Hamas has placed markings on the floor of its post offices to ensure that people maintain a two-meter distance between one another.
The first to receive the money will be families who have received the allowance less than nine times since the aid began and households with at least five members.
It is still unclear how the money reached Gaza, as no Qatari envoy has arrived in Israel this month.
The aid normally arrives with Qatari envoy Mohammed al-Emadi or his deputy Khalad Khardan. Both usually land in Israel, meet with defense officials and then head on to Gaza via the Erez Crossing in the northern Strip.
According to the FlightRadar website, a private plane took off Monday morning from Ben-Gurion Airport.
As Israeli planes cannot fly directly to Qatar, it made a brief stop in Larnaca, where it was registered as Cypriot.
The plane then took off again and landed in Doha at 11 a.m., where it remained on the ground for just one hour.
At 12 p.m., the plane took off back to Israel, with no stops along the way.
The reason for the flight is still unknown.
Posted on April 3, 2020
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