Hamas again demands money from Israel

After refusing to receive Qatari money for Hamas employees in Gaza, Hamas has a new condition: no money, no calm.

Elad Benari,

Hamas riots along Gaza border
Hamas riots along Gaza border
Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash 90

Hamas is again demanding money for salaries for its employees in Gaza at a sum of $20 million as a condition for restoring calm along the Gaza border, Kan 11 News reported on Monday.

According to the report, a source in Hamas said that "Israel violated the original ceasefire and if it wants to return to it, the salaries of the clerks must be renewed. At the moment there is no calm, you violated it and therefore returned the incendiary and explosive balloons returned.”

Israel recently allowed two installments of Qatari money which was meant for the salaries of Hamas employees in the enclave. It postponed the third installment in January, following the shooting of an IDF soldier by a terrorist from Gaza.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and the Security Cabinet subsequently approved the transfer of the third installment, but Hamas refused to accept the money “in response to the occupation policy”.

The Qatari envoy subsequently announced his country will no longer fund salaries of Hamas employees in Gaza and would instead donate the remaining $60 million in aid mostly through United Nations programs.

On Tuesday, an Egyptian delegation is due to arrive in Gaza to discuss with Hamas the efforts to stabilize the calm along the Gaza-Israel border.