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Egypt, Qatar agreement with Israel, Hamas provides boost for Gaza economy

The economic agreement allows $10 million worth of food, fuel and supplies, as well as a boost for salaries.
An Egyptian truck loaded with gravel enters through the Rafah border crossing, between Egypt and the Gaza Strip, as building material for the Qatari grant projects begin arriving, in the southern Gaza Strip, Dec. 29, 2012.

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Qatar and Egypt signed an economic agreement that allows Egypt to supply fuel and construction material to the Gaza Strip, through Qatari funding, under an agreement that would revive the Gaza Strip’s economy and contribute to paying the salaries of Hamas government employees.

Qatari Minister of Foreign Affairs Soltan bin Saad al-Muraikhi announced the agreement Nov. 18, on the sidelines of the two countries’ participation in the ministerial meeting of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee for the Coordination of the International Assistance to Palestinians in Oslo.

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