Employees reporting to the Islamic militant group lined up outside local banks Friday to receive 60 percent of their long-overdue salaries.
A Qatari envoy brought in the money through Israel Thursday. Hamas says the monthly payments will gradually increase.
The funds are vital to Hamas, which has been squeezed under an Israeli-Egyptian blockade since 2007 and recent sanctions by the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority.
The payment is part of indirect Hamas-Israel understandings to improve living conditions for Gaza’s 2 million people and subsequently scale down protests along Gaza-Israel fence.
Since March, 170 Palestinians and an Israeli soldier have been killed in the protests.
Hamas called for a new demonstration Friday.