UN to distribute cash aid to Gaza families, says Tor Wennesland

Tor Wennesland, the UN Middle East envoy, stated that the UN will commence issuing cash aid to thousands of families in the Gaza Strip under a program funded by Qatar.

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The United Nations will commence issuing cash assistance to thousands of poor families in the besieged Gaza Strip on Monday under a program funded by Qatar, Tor Wennesland, the UN’s envoy to the Middle East said.

Hundreds of millions of dollars have been provided to Gaza by Qatar after Israeli transgressions on the Gaza Strip in 2014. Another round of conflict took place in May in the region, which has since been on hold through the mediation of a ceasefire.

In coordination between Qatar and the UN, a revised funding scheme will ensure that cash will be given out at more than 700 distribution points throughout the Gaza Strip, a UN official said.

Nearly 100,000 beneficiaries will begin to receive the cash aid on Monday, Tor Wennesland expressed through his official Twitter account.

The new Qatari funding scheme for Gaza’s poor has won support from Israel, whose prime minister, Naftali Bennett, said on Monday it would ensure money reached those in need.

However, according to Bennett, the payments would be made in vouchers, not in cash as the UN official stated.

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