Hamas has credited the Qatari envoy who has been shuttling for days between Israel and the Gaza Strip Monday night for brokering a deal with Jerusalem that will reopen the coastal enclave in exchange for quiet on the border.
“After a round of talks, mediated by the Qatari representative, Mohammed al-Emadi, an understanding has been reached to avoid an escalation and stabilize the situation. Several projects were announced that will serve and alleviate the situation for our people in Gaza, given the coronavirus crisis that has struck us,” said the office of Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar in a brief statement.
It thanked al-Emadi for his efforts, which marked the first time that a country without diplomatic relations with Israel negotiated directly with Jerusalem on its behalf. Egyptian channels are usually used to engineer temporary ceasefires with Hamas.
Citing Hamas sources, Haaretz reported that Israel’s concessions include approval for Qatar to work on infrastructure projects in the Strip such as constructing a gas pipeline and funding the operation of a power station, and to send its financial aid for at least the next several months.
Israel will also reopen the crossings into Gaza and the Gazan fishing area, which had been closed after the terrorist organization began launching dozens of arson balloons a day into southern Israel some three weeks ago.