Gaza, 22 Jumadil Awwal 1436/14 March 2015 (MINA) – Ismail Haneyya, Deputy Chairman of Hamas Political Bureau, said “Qatar has overcome the obstacles of Gaza reconstruction by its announcement of rebuilding 1,000 housing units”.
Haneyya said in his house while receiving Mohammad al-Emadi, head of the Qatari Committee to Rebuild Gaza, on Thursday, “the reconstruction of Gaza has not begun so far for many reasons and because of many parties, but Qatar has overcome the obstacles and translated its decision into action. Qatar is the biggest donor for Gaza reconstruction”, he highlighted, The Palestinian Information Center (PIC) quoted by Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)
Emadi, who arrived in Gaza on Monday through Erez crossing, announced on Tuesday the beginning of the Qatari projects of rebuilding houses that were damaged in last summer’s Israeli aggression on Gaza. The project will include the reconstruction of 1000 housing units as part of a $1 billion aid pledge Qatar made at the Cairo Conference for Gaza reconstruction.
Haneyya hoped that the Palestinian unity government would support the rebuilding process in order to assist the Gazan people to overcome the humanitarian disaster they experienced and still are.
“We need support and aid, and we call on the Arab countries to come and visit the Israeli-besieged enclave as Qatar has done. It is high time that siege came to an end”, Haneyya said.
He pointed out that many parties, he did not mention, are evading their responsibilities in regards to Gaza reconstruction.
For his part, the Qatari official said, “We thank God that we have resumed working on the Qatari projects after a suspension of more than a year because of the siege and Israeli ban of the entry of construction materials.”
The international Cairo donor conference to raise money to rebuild the Gaza Strip was held in October last year and ended with pledges of $5.4 billion. $2.6 million were allocated for Gaza reconstruction and 2.8 for the Palestinian Authority budget over three years.(T/P008/R04)
Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)