Sun, 24 Oct 2021

GAZA, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) -- A senior Palestinian government official on Monday said that the reconstruction process in the Gaza Strip has kicked off and it needs 3 billion U.S. dollars to be completed.

"We need one billion U.S. dollars to rebuild the damage left during the latest wave of tension in May and the previous Israeli wars waged on the Gaza Strip," said Naji Sarhan, undersecretary of the Ministry of Public Works and Housing.

"We need another 2 billion dollars to revive Gaza and bring it back to life," he added.

Several countries have provided grants to start the reconstruction process in the Gaza Strip, including Qatar and Egypt. The two countries announced that they contributed 500 million dollars, respectively.

Meanwhile, Sarhan added that Qatar and Egypt presented a vision related to distributing their grants to various sectors in Gaza, including housing, infrastructure, health, education, economy, and agriculture.

On May 10, Israel waged an intensive military offensive on the Gaza Strip that went on for 11 days. The offensive ended after Egypt brokered a truce between Israel and the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas).

Sarhan said that during the last wave of tension between Israel and Hamas, around 1,500 housing units were completely destroyed, adding that 880 housing units were severely damaged and 56,000 housing units were slightly damaged.

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