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A Tiny Nation Just Pledged $1 Billion to Gaza

The Gaza Strip, circled in red on the left, and Qatar, in gold on the right. (Map via CIA World Factbook)

CAIRO (TheBlaze/AP) — Qatar has pledged $1 billion toward reconstruction of Gaza Strip after the latest, 50-day Israel-Hamas war.

The Gaza Strip, circled in red on the left, and Qatar, in gold on the right. (Map via CIA World Factbook) The Gaza Strip, circled in red on the left, and Qatar, in gold on the right. (Map via CIA World Factbook)

Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid bin Mohammed al-Attiyah made the announcement Sunday during a pledge conference in Cairo.

As the Jerusalem Post has noted, the wealthy Qatar has long been a powerful backer of radical Islamic organizations including Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood.

On Sunday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced immediate U.S. assistance of $212 million as the conference began.

The United Arab Emirates also pledged $200 million.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has said Gaza needs $4 billion.

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