Qatar provides homes for displaced Gazans

January 17, 2016  

Qatar on Saturday provided more than 1,000 apartments to residents of Gaza whose homes were destroyed in the 2014 war between Israel and the Hamas terrorist group, AFP reports.

The United Nations says the 50-day conflict, which was fueled by Hamas’s ongoing rocket attacks on southern Israel, left 100,000 Palestinian Arabs homeless.

“Today, we are inaugurating the first phase of the Hamad residential city (project),” said Qatari envoy Mohammed Al-Emadi told reporters in the southern Gaza city of Khan Yunis, according to AFP.

A total of 1,060 apartments have been completed and the title deeds were being handed out to their new owners, he said at a ceremony at the apartment complex.

Emadi said that more than 1,2000 apartments are being built and would constitute the second phase of the project, with a third phase to follow.

Qatar has allocated a total of $407 million for the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip, including homes, infrastructure and a hospital.

Emadi said the project was delayed for a year due to “restrictions on the entry of construction material” imposed by Israel since 2006, which maintains a blockade on Gaza.

Palestinians and international organizations claim the restrictions, aimed at preventing the reconstruction of Hamas’s military infrastructure, cause significant delays in rebuilding Gaza.

But, despite claims by both Hamas and international organizations that Israel imposes a “siege” on Gaza, Israel continues to transfer humanitarian aid, goods and construction materials into the region, and has continued to do so despite ongoing rocket fire from Gaza on southern Israel.

In fact, Al-Emadi himself recently admitted that Israel is allowing the reconstruction of Gaza.

“Israel has authorized all the projects funded by Qatar in the Gaza Strip,” he revealed last May. “The process of rebuilding Gaza is advancing very well, at a time when construction materials are being transferred to Gaza every day without hitting blockages.”

Hamas has not just been using construction efforts to rebuild civilian homes. It has been siphoning the construction materials to rebuild its terror tunnels meant to attack from within Israeli territory.

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