Abbas meets Qatari emir amid Hamas tensions, PA financial crisis

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Abbas meets Qatari emir amid Hamas tensions, PA financial crisis
Qatar hosts several Hamas leaders, including Ismail Haniyeh and Khaled Masha’al, and has been supportive of the Gaza-based Islamist movement for several years.
By KHALED ABU TOAMEH
Published: NOVEMBER 30, 2021

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas met in Doha on Tuesday with the emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, against the backdrop of increasing tensions between the PA and Hamas in the wake of a security crackdown on Hamas’s members in the West Bank. It also came amid an acute financial crisis in the PA, which has repeatedly appealed to Arab countries to fulfill their promises to support the Palestinians.

Qatar hosts several Hamas leaders, including Ismail Haniyeh and Khaled Mashaal, and has been supportive of the Gaza-based Islamist movement for several years. Attempts by Qatar and other Arab countries over the past 14 years to resolve the dispute between Abbas’s ruling Fatah faction and Hamas have been unsuccessful. PA officials have frequently criticized Qatar’s financial and political support for Hamas, especially the delivery of cash grants to the Gaza Strip in coordination with Israel. The officials claimed that Qatar was emboldening Hamas, thus solidifying the split between the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

more............. https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/a...mid-hamas-tensions-pa-financial-crisis-687416
 
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