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Gaza damage to cost 'several hundred million dollars'
Published Monday 26/11/2012 (updated) 10/12/2012 13:54
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A Palestinian warms himself at the rubble of his house, destroyed in an
Israel airstrike in Gaza City last week, on Nov. 25, 2012.
(Reuters/Mohammed Salem)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The damage inflicted by Israel's bombardment of the Gaza Strip will cost hundreds of millions of dollars to rebuild, according to the first estimates after the eight-day conflict.

Gaza government spokesman Taher al-Nunu said Sunday that preliminary studies show direct damages of around $545 million and indirect losses of some $700 million.

Around 200 buildings were completely destroyed and 8,000 other damaged during the conflict, al-Nunu said.

Gaza economist Omar Shaban said his estimates put the losses at around $250 million, noting that international agencies had yet to begin their own damage assessments.

According to al-Nunu, the government has asked the minister of public works to expedite his full assessment of the losses in order to reach a final figure.

Shaban pointed out that rebuilding Gaza depends on current talks in Cairo over the implementation of the ceasefire deal.

"Will the crossings be opened? Where will materials come from? Will the ceasefire even hold? It is too early too tell," he told Ma'an on Monday.

The Egyptian-brokered agreement included a provision to ease crossings and the flow of goods into Gaza, with measures to be agreed in further talks.

Israel imposes a land and sea blockade on the coastal strip. The only crossing not controlled by Israel -- Egypt's Rafah terminal -- is not equipped for goods transfers and its development is restricted by international agreements.

Al-Nunu said a high-level delegation headed by Deputy Prime Minister Ziyad Thatha was dispatched to Cairo to discuss implementation of the ceasefire deal.

Representatives of Gaza and Israel's government will talk indirectly through Egyptian intelligence officials during their stay in Cairo, London-based newspaper al-Sharq al-Awsat said Monday.
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1 ) Julie / USA
26/11/2012 17:55
once UNGA grants statehood, Pals can sue the pants off izrael for their criminal violations which initiated the recent war, and they can also sue for: repair costs for all damages of this war as well as all property damages caused by violent criminal settlers, compensation to families of innocents murdered (same as Turkey demands), retroactive rent for the illegal settlers since 1967, etc. etc...the list goes on and on. get a skilled legal team to see it through

2 ) Carol Scheller / Switzerland
26/11/2012 19:43
The material damage is staggering. There is no way to measure the emotional wounds. I think of the six-year-old son of friends I spent time with last year at this moment in Gaza, when I was teaching English there. Ahmed is the middle of 3 brothers. Why is it that he and he alone could not go to sleep without his mother's arms around him, 3 years after the Cast Lead attacks ?
And now ?

3 ) shirley / australia
26/11/2012 22:20
THE AL again will help to rebuild GAZA do not ignore that al countries kept constant flow of UNRWA projects going 50 million first donated by Gaddfhi and as for RAFAH that can be easily changed Hamas have made upgrades to Rafah to take fuel etc and wantwd free trade area and little aid will come from EU and US there can also be 2 crossings into gazaand clearing rubble first prioritysea port must be opened the UN used to bring goods through rafahand 2005 agreement allowed transfer of goods

4 ) gabi / australia
28/11/2012 01:28
. . and when it is all rebuilt, then Israel will find another excuse to bomb the shit out of Gaza again.

5 ) @ Julie-1 & Carol-2 / USA too
02/12/2012 23:47
1- The "UNGA has granted statehood", but the real situation is that Israel can "sue the pants off the Pals for their criminal violations", and it is the Hamas war crimes that are responsible for the 'several hundred million dollars' in Gaza damages' from the start, and 2- Don't you feel that Hamas should have considered the results of what they started, particularly if "there is no way to measure the emotional wounds" !!

6 ) Henri / France
05/12/2012 20:23
#1 ''get a skilled legal team to see it through'' Yes absolutely, get the best Jewish Lawyers you can afford.

7 ) Redhead / America
09/12/2012 09:27
Send the bill to guardian Obama.His naughty son is responsible and Obama will pay.

8 ) Lukas / Czech Republic
09/12/2012 11:48
Israel must win.

9 ) Redhead / USA
13/12/2012 12:21
ICC tries only Africans and Latin Americans.It will try Hamas for using crude missiles without any target.

10 ) Business / Israel
14/12/2012 04:33
I think the only cure for the emotional wounds of Gaza is to let whoever wants to go to Switzerlad, go to Switzerland and recuperate. It may be many but they are so good and pure in Switzerland, they cannot deny them.
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