Palestinian group Hamas promises not to touch “a single cent” of international aid sent to Gaza.
This came after US pledged aid for Gaza, but stressed that the aid must not benefit Hamas.
US. as many other countries want to give aids to the Palestinians to rebuild the besieged Gaza Strip after Israel bombarded it for many days.
Yahya Sinwar (pic), the head of Hamas group, the political wing in Gaza, on Wednesday promised the “transparent and impartial” distribution of aid .
“We welcome any international or Arab effort to rebuild the Gaza Strip.
“I affirm our commitment not to take a single cent intended for reconstruction and humanitarian efforts.
“We have never taken a cent in the past,” he said.
According to Aljazeera, Sinwar’s remarks came a day after US Secretary of State Antony Blinken pledged his country’s help in rebuilding Gaza on Tuesday, but stressed that the aid must not benefit Hamas, which rules the coastal territory.
The US idea is instead to work with the Palestinian Authority (PA) in the occupied West Bank and headed by President Mahmoud Abbas.
Israel and the United States and the European Union consider Hamas as a “terrorist organisation”. So they try to make sure Hamas won`t benefit from any International aid sent to Gaza.
According to the international media, British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab on Wednesday said on Twitter that the United Kingdom had also pledged 3.2 million pounds ($4.5m) in emergency aid to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) to support those in Gaza affected by recent hostilities.
At least 254 people, including 66 children, were killed in Gaza as Israel bombarded the Palestinian territory using airstrikes for 11 days.
12 people, including two children, were killed in Israel by rocket attacks carried out by Hamas and other armed groups based in Gaza, according Israeli authorities.