The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) has announced it has obtained the funds to rebuild 1,1000 homes completely destroyed during Israel’s incursion on the Gaza Strip last summer.
UNRWA Spokesman Adnan Abu Hasna told Anadolu news agency that: “UNRWA is working towards rebuilding what was destroyed during the most recent Israeli war and to obtain the necessary funding to rebuild homes that were completely destroyed.”
According to a statistical report prepared by UNRWA in coordination with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the number of housing units entirely destroyed in the war was 12,000, while the number of partially destroyed housing units was 160,000, 6,600 of which are currently inhabitable.
Arab and international countries pledged last October to donate nearly $5.4 billion in aid, half of which was allocated to the reconstruction of Gaza while the other half was allocated to other Palestinian needs. However, the reconstruction of Gaza is progressing very slowly because Israel has not allowed building materials to enter.