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Ticket revenue for the 2023 Asian Cup in Qatar will be donated to support Palestinian relief efforts, the football tournament’s local organizing committee announced on Monday, as Israel’s bombardment of Gaza continued. “We have decided to donate the ticket revenue from the Asian Cup in Qatar to the much-needed relief efforts in Palestine,” the committee chairman said, without giving details on what portion of the revenue would be spent on aid. “We will be sure that this corporate social responsibility initiative will benefit those most affected, and that football fulfills its role as a support mechanism for people in the most difficult times,” Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani added.
Israel launched its attack on Gaza in response to an unprecedented attack by Hamas on October 7, which Israeli authorities say killed 1,200 people, mostly civilians, and took 240 hostage.
Since then, the Hamas-led Health Ministry in Gaza says more than 13,000 people have been killed in the Palestinian territory, raising concerns about the dire humanitarian situation.
Qatar will host the Asian Cup from January and, like other Gulf states, has donated aid and medical supplies to Gaza through Egypt.
A wide range of local and international companies and organizations based in the gas-rich Gulf state have also launched their own campaigns to raise money for the Palestinian territory.
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