QATAR TOPS GAZA-BOUND FOREIGN AID
At the Gaza Donor Conference in Cairo, Qatar promised $1 billion (QR3.64 billion) in reconstruction aid for Gaza, making it the single largest donation towards the total of $5.4 billion (QR19.66 billion) bound for the Gaza strip. The US pledged $212 million (QR772 million), the United Arab Emirates and Turkey both committed $200 million (QR728 million), and the European Union said its member states will collectively donate $568 million (QR2.68 billion) apart from the UK's $32 million (QR116 million). While it was announced that only half of this amount will be directed to reconstruction activities, it is speculated the rest will be spent on budgetary support, emergency relief operations, boosting economic activity, etc. In the picture, US Secretary of State John Kerry is seen greeting Qatari Foreign Minister Khaled al Attiyah during the conference.