اجعلنا صفحة البداية RSS خدمة Add to favorite Facebook Twitter

Advanced

Gaza refugees demand UNRWA rebuild homes
Published Monday 19/12/2011 (updated) 21/12/2011 09:38
Font- Font+
Dozens of Palestinian refugees protested at UNRWA headquarters in the Gaza
Strip, calling for the UN agency to rebuild their homes five years after they
were pulled down for safety reasons, on Dec. 19, 2011. (MaanImages)
Click for more images
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Dozens of Palestinian refugees protested at UNRWA headquarters in the Gaza Strip on Monday, calling for the UN agency to rebuild their homes five years after they were pulled down for safety reasons.

Representatives from 72 families in the central Gaza Strip grouped outside the Gaza City office carrying their luggage and calling for the Palestinian refugee agency to rebuild the homes before the winter freeze.

UNRWA demolished homes of 171 families in the coastal strip before Hamas came to power in 2006 and Israel tightened its maritime and land blockade on the 1.7 million-strong population, severely restricting the availability of construction materials.

But Umm Muhammad, from al-Nuseirat refugee camp, said the agency should work faster to rebuild their houses.

"We are coming here to the UNRWA headquarters for the tenth time with no response. They have promised to end our suffering more than once, but until now there was nothing," she said.

Sabah Dukhan told Ma'an at the protest that her children are suffering as rain water leaks into their temporary home.

UNRWA spokesman in Gaza Adnan Abu Hasna said the agency is working hard to bring in the necessary materials to build refugees suitable homes and end their suffering.

"The agency demolished the houses because they do not suitable for living ... but we feel for the protesters and have allocated a budget" to rebuild their homes, he said.

"We are in touch with Israeli authorities to open Gaza's crossings to allow entry of construction materials not only for the UNRWA, but for all the private sector, in order to end this crisis."

Israel has closed three of the four terminals equipped for fuel and goods transfers since 2008, and bans construction materials for local building.

International organizations, including the UN, coordinate with Israel to import limited supplies, but a UN report in November noted that 72 percent of UNRWA projects were waiting approval from Israeli authorities.
Print
1 ) EE / UK
19/12/2011 20:56
They should require Hamas to re-build their homes because Hamas is the only responsible party for the last Gaza war. If Hamas wants to go into war with Israel they should pay for consequences of that war. UN has no responsibility and UN-member country should not spend their taxpayer’s money on rebuilding Gaza. Hamas did not consult UN before they launched missiles into Israel from Gaza, and palestinians should not ask UN now to pay. The debt should be directed to where it belongs – Hamas.

2 ) Colin Wright / USA
19/12/2011 21:59
Re EE #1 'They should require Hamas to re-build their homes because Hamas is the only responsible party for the last Gaza war...' What is the appeal of lies and distortion to supporters of Israel? They engage in it long after they could possibly think anyone believes them -- and they're so tireless in their ardor. I'm just trying to understand. Is it like art for art's sake? What?

3 ) Arnold / Canada
19/12/2011 23:06
The houses were razed in 2006 before Hamas arrived. Israel clamped down on 3 out of 4 terminals in 2008. So please explain why the UNWRA did nothing to alleviate the problem from 2006 till 2008 ?

4 ) Robby / USA
19/12/2011 23:44
If the UNRWA does anything it should work on creating jobs for them. And if Gaza is Palestinian land then why are these people refugees?

5 ) BornFree&Equal / Scotland
20/12/2011 02:28
EE your comment is typical of so many who ignore the facts. Did you not read that the demolition was nothing to do with Hamas and happened before they came to power. Blaming the refugees for having to live under Israeli occupation is to blame the victims. Israel should lift its blockade of Gaza immediately.

6 ) Malone / Hfx
20/12/2011 05:38
Want,want,want...protest,protest,protest....professional victims,always wanting,but never paying..their self esteem must be about an inch from the ground,if they have any at all.

7 ) Mel / Gaza
20/12/2011 06:50
@EE/UK, the UN has every responsibility because it was because of one of their resolutions that these people have lost their homes in cities like Jaffa, Ashkelon, Haifa etc. in the first place! It was because of the UN that these people have to live in refugee camps where the living conditions are often miserable! If you give them back their homes, their businesses and their land, they don't require the UN taxpayer's money!!!
Name Country
Comment
Characters
Note: Comments will be reviewed for appropriate content. Click here for more details.

Share/Bookmark

Settlers destroy over 300 grape vines near Bethlehem
PA plans complaint against new Israel telecom sanctions
Gaza's only power plant 'shuts down for lack of fuel'

Close Next Previous
All Rights Reserved © Ma'an News Agency 2005 - 2014