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Qatar pledges millions in aid for Gaza rebuilding
Published Tuesday 25/09/2012 (updated) 30/09/2012 12:02
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Qatar is planning to provide half a billion dollars in assistance to the Gaza Strip over the coming three years to rebuild infrastructure destroyed in Israeli attacks.

In a visit to the enclave Tuesday, Qatari ambassador Muhammad al-Imadi said the Gulf country's emir created a special committee to distribute some $450 million for infrastructure, development and education projects.

The committee has already started consultations with Palestinian officials, he said.

Ismail Haniyeh, the prime minister of the Hamas-led government in Gaza, thanked Qatar for its position on the 2008-2009 Cast Lead operation and against the blockade.

He also applauded Qatar's efforts to reconstruct buildings destroyed in the assault. "Qatar has always been the first country in supporting the Palestinian cause," he said.

Haniyeh also said that the projects would provide thousands of job opportunities, and he promised to provide all the needed facilities to implement these projects.

During Cast Lead some 3,500 homes were completely destroyed, UN agencies say.

Rebuilding efforts have been hampered by Israel's blockade on the Gaza Strip, which has limited the import of construction materials.
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1 ) Remember the refugees / Earth
25/09/2012 22:43
Yay more welfare

2 ) Mel / USA
26/09/2012 16:14
Shame on you al-Thani! CHECKBOOK diplomacy might swing it with USG pro-Zionists &RIYADH! But there's NOTHING HUMANE about you COLLUDING with an ongoing OCCUPATION of your fellow Arabs/Muslims &Christians in Palestine! Qatar must demoratically VOTE,& speak out at the A/L & UNGA,to end Israel's occupation!Again,you don't REBUILD Israeli-enforced ethnic-POW camps,with temporary structures that Israel will only BOMB AGAIN,at whim! Shove your blood-'pledges' &END THE OCCUPATION! Rebuild FREEDOM!

3 ) Amira / Canada
26/09/2012 23:40
Why they don't help liberate Palestine from illegal occupation or at least help remove the inhuman siege of Gaza, if they can interfere in Syria?

4 ) Tibi / Tubas
27/09/2012 04:22
1- Gaza needs to help itself first, and revolt against their Hamas government, that refuses to accept living in peace with Israel, and 2- Qatar's pledge of "millions in aid for Gaza rebuilding" should be CONDITIONED UPON GAZA ACCEPTING PEACE WITH ISRAEL, since without peace, it will only take 1,000s to destroy what ever gets built, in the next war, that Hamas will almost certainly reproke soon !!

5 ) Business / Israel
01/10/2012 00:25
Gaza living standards are twice Egypt's - Egypt, is on verge of a very major disaster. They do not have the money to import food. Wonder why they are sending it to Gaza. Anyway @3: unlike Syria we are a real country. Qatar could send all the money it wanted and all it would go to is our grocery stores because the Palestinians are our best customers.

6 ) William / Israel
01/10/2012 19:30
To #2 and #3 - if the blockade against Gaza is so inhumane, why is Israel consistently cited for allowing MORE than is necessary by Intl law into Gaza? And why does the UN Palmer report JUSTIFY the blockade? No Israeli is in Gaza so its not occupied, and Rafah is open, so it's not a jail. Perhaps the world should demand Hamas end its 2007 unilateral war declaration against Israel and its continued war crimes in targeting civilians, then the blockade will end itself.
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