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Qatar's charity funding in Gaza dries up as Gulf crisis continues

Palestinians in the Gaza Strip worry about how the Gulf decision to cut ties with Qatar will affect the critical Qatar-funded relief and development projects in Gaza.
Palestinian workers work on a Qatari-funded construction project in the southern Gaza Strip June 7, 2017. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa - RTX39GD0

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Mohammad Tuman sat by the door of his unfinished house in Gaza's Khan Yunis camp contemplating when the second phase of his home's restoration will be completed. The reconstruction is part of a Qatari project called Maskan Kareem (A Decent House) that restores old houses located in densely populated camps. Several other families are similarly waiting for their house restoration work to be completed.

As Tuman tore some old cement bags, he told Al-Monitor, “After the June 5 Gulf decision to cut relations with Qatar, I am afraid that my house might never be fully reconstructed. It still needs windows and electrical and water repairs. The floors are sandy, and I'm afraid I might be forced to rent a house again. I cannot afford that now.”

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