Khudari: 60,000 Gazans homeless as reconstruction goes at snail’s pace


Head of the popular anti-siege committee, MP Jamal al-Khudari, said Tuesday that Gazans have been grappling with abject living conditions due to 2014 Israeli war and the slow pace of the reconstruction process.

Speaking in a press statement, al-Khudari said the Israeli occupation authorities (IOA) have been blocking the access of reconstruction materials into the besieged Gaza Strip since May 2016.

According to al-Khudari, 65% of civilian homes which were destroyed in the Israeli offensive of 2014 have not been reconstructed yet.

He added that 60,000 civilians have gone homeless and subjected to dire living conditions due to the exacerbating socio-economic crises rocking the besieged coastal enclave.

MP al-Khudari urged the donor parties to fulfill their financial pledges and dispatch aid to Gaza so as to reconstruct the destroyed homes at the soonest time possible.

He further called on the international community to exert pressure on the IOA in order to allow a free access of reconstruction materials in Gaza.

Al-Khudari warned that the Israeli decade-long blockade and closure of border crossings, along with the restrictions on the access of rebuilding materials into Gaza, will result in a ten-year delay in the reconstruction process.

(Source / 28.12.2016)


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