Coronavirus: Qatar offers $150m to support Gaza

Qatar will provide $150m to support the Palestinian-controlled Gaza Strip in its fight against the coronavirus pandemic, the state news agency QNA reported.

“This package aims at alleviating the suffering of the Palestinian people, and in support of UN relief and humanitarian programmes in Gaza,” QNA said.

Following the diagnoses, the Ministry of Interior in Gaza announced a series of measures and warned that anyone who violates the measures would be punished. The measures include the closure of all wedding halls, restaurants and coffee shops, as well as a ban on gatherings, especially during funerals. Friday prayers in all mosques in the Gaza Strip have also been suspended until further notice.

Earlier, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said he had appealed to Qatar and Turkey to provide emergency aid to the Palestinians to prevent the spread of the disease.

He also said the Qatar ruler, Sheikh Tamim bin HamadĀ AlĀ Thani and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed readiness to provide the Palestinians with money and other forms of aid to help combat the virus.

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