Doha, Qatar
Doha, QatariStock

The Emir of Qatar on Tuesday accused Israel of committing “genocide” in Gaza and hit out at what he labelled "shameful" international inaction over the Israel-Hamas war, i24NEWS reported.

"It is shameful for the international community to allow this heinous crime to continue for nearly two months, during which the systematic and deliberate killing of innocent civilians continues, including women and children," Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani said at the start of a Gulf Cooperation Council meeting in Doha. "This is a genocide"

Qatar is a key backer of Hamas and does not have diplomatic ties with Israel, but the two have had an ongoing engagement in recent years over aid to Gaza.

With Israel’s consent, Qatar has provided hundreds of millions of dollars to Gaza in recent years, most of which went directly to Hamas. Critics of the Israeli government say the policy of “containing” Hamas by permitting the Qatari money is one factor that encouraged the group to carry out its attack on Israel on October 7.

More recently, the country served as a mediator between Hamas leadership and Israel and brokered the hostage deal which led to the release of more than 100 hostages that have been held by Hamas since the October 7 attack.

Israel announced last Friday the renewal of fighting in Gaza, after the Hamas terror organization violated the terms of the operational pause.

Qatar later said that it is committed to continuing efforts, alongside its partners, to resume the truce in the Gaza Strip.