Hamas gets funds from Qatar to pay salaries of civil servants

The Hamas rulers in Gaza say they have received $ 15 million from Qatar to help pay the salaries of civil servants.

Employees who report to the Muslim militant group at local banks on Friday will receive 60 percent of their long-awaited salaries.

A Qatari envoy brought in the money via Israel on Thursday. Hamas says that monthly payments will gradually increase.

The funds are vital for Hamas, which has been oppressed since 2007 by an Israeli-Egyptian blockade and recent sanctions by the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank.

The payment is part of indirect Hamas-Israel agreements to improve the living conditions of the 2 million people in Gaza and then to abolish protests along the Gaza-Israel fence.

Since March 170 Palestinians and an Israeli soldier have been killed during the protests.

Hamas called for a new demonstration on Friday.