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Qatar, France Pledge $200 Mln in Aid to Gaza


Thu 29 Feb 2024 | 11:13 AM
Israa Farhan

Qatar and France have committed to providing $200 million in support for the Palestinian people and have launched an initiative to collaborate on gathering humanitarian aid for the Gaza Strip.

In a joint statement issued on Wednesday, both countries emphasized their strategic partnership's depth and diversity and condemned the violence and deprivation faced by the Palestinian people in Gaza.

The two nations expressed their opposition to the attacks on the city of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip and pledged $200 million to aid the Palestinian people.

Alongside the visit of Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad, the Emir of Qatar, to Paris, the countries initiated a humanitarian assistance cooperation effort aimed at alleviating the suffering of Palestinian civilians in besieged Gaza.

The Qatari Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported that on Wednesday, three Qatari Armed Forces aircraft landed in Al-Arish, Egypt, carrying 75 tons of humanitarian aid.

This aid includes 10 ambulances, shelter supplies, and food items, jointly provided by Qatar and France, intended for transportation to Gaza.

The Emir of Qatar's two-day visit to France was his first since assuming power in 2013. 

Before the visit, the office of French President Emmanuel Macron stated that the trip aimed to deepen cooperation between France and Qatar, particularly in defense and security.

This meeting between the Qatari Emir and the French President comes as negotiators from the United States, Egypt, and Qatar work to mediate a ceasefire agreement.

Under this potential agreement, Hamas would release several detainees in exchange for Israel releasing Palestinian prisoners and a ceasefire lasting six weeks.