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Will the crisis in Gaza finally force Israel to lift its siege?

Qatar and the UAE have donated money to ease the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Gaza, but such assistance will likely only postpone an implosion in the absence of arriving at a solution to the enclave's isolation and lifting of the Israeli blockade.
A Palestinian woman sits on a donkey car after receiving food supplies from the United Nations' offices in the southern Gaza Strip February 11, 2018. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa - RC11BF8E4BA0
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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The worsening humanitarian and public health situation in Gaza has prompted Arab countries to intervene with financial aid to avert a total collapse. The Arab Organization for Human Rights in the United Kingdom and the United Nations pressed countries in January and February, respectively, to step in to stop the unfolding humanitarian catastrophe. Palestinian factions warned against an imminent implosion on Feb. 20.

As part of the Arab countries’ efforts, the United Arab Emirates made a $2 million donation on Feb. 7. A day later, Qatar contributed $9 million in aid, part of which will go toward supplying hospitals with fuel and medicines. Meanwhile, Egypt has resumed contact with both Hamas and Fatah to further the reconciliation process and find a quick solution to the humanitarian crisis.

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