Tuesday, September 27, 2011

GCC allocates $24.5 million to rebuild Gaza homes

A Palestinian woman hangs laundry in front of her destroyed home in
Jabaliya in the northern Gaza Strip on June 28, 2009.
(MaanImages/Wissam Nassar)

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Gulf Cooperation Council will allocate $24.5 million to reconstruct homes in Gaza destroyed during Israel's last military offensive on the coastal enclave, a council official said Monday.

Program coordinator Refaat Diab said the GCC has already rebuilt 1,070 homes that were totally destroyed in Israel's Operation Cast Lead attack on Gaza launched in December 2008.

The GCC has also repaired 1,626 homes in cooperation with the Islamic Development Bank, Diab said.

In 2009, GCC members pledged $ 1.6 billion for the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip after the devastating assault.

According to UN figures, around 3,500 homes were completely destroyed during the three-week offensive.

Rebuilding efforts have been hampered by Israel's illegal blockade on the Gaza Strip, which has limited the import of construction materials.

The Gulf Cooperation Council is a political and economic union of Arab states which includes the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain and Kuwait.

Maan News Agency