25,000 Gaza homeowners to have access to building materials

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Robert Serry. UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz

Around 25,000 people whose homes were destroyed in a conflict in the Gaza strip in July and August are to have access to materials to rebuild their houses, according to the UN.

The Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Robert Serry, said an "understanding" had been reached between the Israeli and Palestinian authorities to allow access to the building supplies from next week.

The 50-day conflict between Israel and the Palestinian faction, Hamas led to the deaths of 2000 Palestinians and 70 Israelis as well as the widespread destruction of property.

It's expected that people whose homes were destroyed will be able to repair or rebuild in the same location.

Mr Serry urged all parties to lend their full support to "enable the mechanism to operate properly in the interests of the affected population in Gaza."

The Special Coordinator repeated his call to donors to fulfill the financial pledges made at a recent international conference on the reconstruction of Gaza.

Stephanie Castro, United Nations.

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