Palestinian Government: Only 40% of Gaza’s Reconstruction Funds Paid

Destroyed house in Gaza. (Photo: via Les Voix du Monde)

The Palestinian National Reconstruction Team, formed under the umbrella of the Palestinian government, said in a detailed report published yesterday that only 40% of promised funds to reconstruct Gaza were delivered.

“The amount of money delivered so far was 1,409 million dollars, which is 40% of the total amount and 3,507 million dollars should be paid to complete the pledged money by various donor countries.”

The Kuwaiti funds, the government said, is the largest amount delivered – 200 million dollars – which the government is following up with the Kuwaiti government to secure.

The report said that 171,000 facilities were damaged during the 2014 offensive, stating, “The government reached an agreement with the Islamic Development Bank and Qatar to provide the needed money to reconstruct houses which were completely destroyed during the offensive in particular”.

The report said infrastructure suffered $88 million worth of losses, 24% of which was paid by donor countries so far.

The damage sustained by the agricultural sector, the report stated, was $266 million, of which only $75.4 million was secured to implement 12 projects.

Some 5153 economic facilities were damaged with an estimated loss of $152 million, the report added.

The education sector achieved remarkable progress – 96% of damaged schools run by the government, all damaged UN schools, 50% of academic institutions, and 66% of kindergartens were rebuilt.

The report asserted that the Palestinian government is exerting efforts to urge donors to meet their pledges regarding the reconstruction of Gaza.

(PC, SAMA)

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