UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has expressed his thanks and appreciation for the support provided by Qatar to Palestine.

This came in a statement issued on Friday by Deputy Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General, Farhan Haq, in which he said that "The Secretary-General would like to acknowledge with much appreciation the recently announced support of Qatar to Palestine, which will be key in helping address economic and humanitarian needs of the Palestinian people.

“The Secretary-General furthermore welcomes the continued excellent co-operation between the State of Qatar and the UN in implementing critical humanitarian and economic programmes in the Occupied Palestinian Territory," he said.

His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al -Thani had directed allocation of $480mn for the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

The support is aimed at helping the Palestinian people to obtain their necessary daily needs in the difficult circumstances imposed by the Israeli occupation forces, and the decline in the international humanitarian support provided to them and to the related UN programmes.

Qatar’s allocation includes $300mn in grants and loans to support the health and education budget of the Palestinian Authority, and $180mn to provide urgent humanitarian relief support for the UN programmes in Palestine and support electricity services to ensure access to the various sectors, especially during the holy month of Ramadan, and to meet the summer season when electricity is increasingly needed.

Qatar’s support to Palestinians embodies the bonds of brotherhood between the Qatari and Palestinian people, and is an extension of Qatar’s firm positions towards the brotherly Palestinian people.

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