Donors urged to provide funds for Gaza reconstruction

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Gaza. UNRWA Archives/Shareef Sarhan

Donors have been urged to honour the commitments they made last year to provide funds for the reconstruction of Gaza following a 50-day conflict between Israel and Hamas which began in July 2014.

The appeal was made on Friday by the Secretaries-General of the United Nations and the League of Arab States that expressed their deep concern over the situation in Gaza.

Derrick Mbatha, reports.

Donors who met in the Egyptian capital, Cairo in October last year pledged to provide more than $US5 billion for the reconstruction of Gaza.

Approximately 100,000 people lost their homes in the conflict which killed over 2, 000 Palestinians, 67 Israeli soldiers and six civilians in Israel.

The Secretaries-General of the United Nations and the League of Arab States urgently appealed to donors to honour and disburse their financial commitments at the Cairo Conference as soon as possible.

UN Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric has more.

"Their support should also include funding for UN agencies that are carrying out vital operations in Gaza, in order to prevent a further deterioration in the already dire humanitarian situation there. The pace of reconstruction in Gaza remains slow. It is crucial now to expand the scope of reconstruction efforts thus far to bring hope to the people of Gaza and ensure stability, based on international responsibility in reconstruction and lifting the siege."(26")

The Secretaries-General of the UN and the Arab League noted the progress that has been made under the temporary Gaza reconstruction mechanism which has supported the repair of shelters for 55,000 home owners.

They say the operations of the mechanism are ready to be scaled up to facilitate the swift implementation of major large-scale projects.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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