UN agency and Japan complete new homes project in Gaza

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Makoto Honda, Deputy Representative of Japan to the Palestinian Authority, at the inauguration of the new shelters. [UNRWA Photo]

A housing project to benefit 1,200 Palestinian refugees who had spent nearly a decade in sub-standard or unsafe rented accommodation was inaugurated in Gaza on Monday.

The UN agency which works with Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) reports that the 226 new shelters in Khan Younis will replace homes that were demolished or destroyed beyond repair prior to the Israeli disengagement in August 2005.

The homes were built through a $12.4 million donation from the government of Japan, which also supported construction of two schools, a health centre and community centre, as well as work on the water, sewerage and electricity systems.

UNRWA says the housing project was originally started in 2006 but had to be stopped due to the blockade on the Gaza Strip.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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