JERUSALEM (AP) — A Qatari official has called on the international community to send aid to the people of the Gaza Strip, saying the dire conditions in the territory could potentially spill over into renewed violence.

In an interview, Mohammed El Amadi, the head of Qatar's Gaza reconstruction committee, said he hopes that his country's support for the territory, highlighted by a $9 million pledge on Thursday, will encourage other nations to join the effort.

He also shined rare light on his working relationship with Israel, which does not have formal diplomatic relations with the energy-rich Gulf state.

"When you want to do work in Gaza, you have to go through the Israelis," he said. "Without the help of Israel, nothing happens."

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