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Qatar committee to begin Gaza reconstruction projects
Published Tuesday 11/12/2012 (updated) 13/12/2012 09:56
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Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh walks with the emir of Qatar at
Rafah crossing on Oct. 23. (Reuters/Mohammed Abed, Pool)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A Qatari committee will begin work on reconstruction projects in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, a committee official said.

Muhammad al-Amadi, head of Qatar's committee for reconstructing Gaza, said 24 projects would be launched on Wednesday.

Some 52 companies applied for the Gaza reconstruction bids and the Qatari committee is in the process of finalizing the contracts, al-Amadi told Ma'an.

A number of Hamas ministers will take part in the launch ceremony for the reconstruction projects, including Yousef al-Ghaziz, minister for public works and housing, minister of agriculture Ali al-Tarshawi and head of local government Muhammad al-Farra.

Qatar's Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani was the first head of state to enter Gaza in late October, embarking on what was a state visit in all but name.

Qatar called the visit a humanitarian gesture to inaugurate reconstruction projects financed by the emirate and earmarked some $400 million to fund the projects.

The gulf country will build a $25 million city for released prisoners and increased its funding for another new city in the Gaza Strip by $15 million, Hamas prime minister Ismail Haniyeh said at the time.

Qatar had also agreed to grant $8 million to build a youth rehabilitation center and to donate an extra $13 million to a hospital so patients could be treated in Gaza rather than traveling abroad.
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1 ) Mel / USA
11/12/2012 16:03
And of course,ALL THAT will come after the 1/2 CENTURY illegal Israeli occupation has ended & it withdraws back to pre-67 borders,HONORS(riiiiight)the UN Resols,like UN242:RoR,end of Jewish-only US-built colonies,on stolen Arab land,Arab water-rights to aquifers,etc,& the ILLEGAL BLOCKADE by land,sea,air,of Gaza has been lifted? Show the world the contract terms Al-Thani including the SMALL PRINT please! B4 Israel BOMBS Gaza again &FLATTENS it...AGAIN!Contract terms please!!!!

2 ) Reader / from Edmonton
11/12/2012 17:41
$400 million? 25 15 13 8 million = $61 million. What are the other 20 projects?

3 ) Julie / USA
11/12/2012 18:25
reconciliation and joining the ICC are MUCH greater priorities at this time in order to protect any reconstruction. otherwise, izraehell will just blow it all to pieces in their next aggressive war on Gaza, and thus a huge waste of time and money which Pals cannot afford

4 ) Missie / Egypt
11/12/2012 19:40
How will they be able to get the construction materials through the blockade? Will the Israelis allow it? Financially, it is a gift from Qatar not a loan? Will they use Pal labour and skilled workers? I think it's a good idea to show this level of international support for Gaza. Maybe the Israeli government will blow it up again but the tide is turning.

5 ) Dovey / Sweden
12/12/2012 19:11
Part of the reason to rebuild gov't ministries is that it is a condition for full statehood - it must have a functioning provisional government that is effectively providing services to the population. This is, of course, why Israel destroyed all government facilities in Gaza! With re: to blockade - Israel has to let construction materials through if they are for int'l building project (NGO, etc.).
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