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Saudi Arabia opens housing project in Gaza
Published Monday 04/02/2013 (updated) 07/02/2013 09:47
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A Saudi delegation on Monday opened the biggest housing project in the Gaza Strip and pledged further funding to support Palestinian refugees.

Saudi Arabia financed the 752-home neighborhood in Rafah for families whose homes were destroyed by the Israeli army. It features four schools, a market, a mosque, a clinic and a community center.

The delegation, headed by vice-chairman of the Saudi Development Fund Yousef al-Bassam, pledged a further $34 million to restore 7,000 homes and $54 million to build 1,100 homes and six schools as part of a program by the Gulf Cooperation Council.

The building of the Rafah neighborhood was overseen by UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees.

"This project was implemented in difficult situations, but with UNRWA's efforts, the project was successful in record time and with high quality. This project also employed more than 400 workers, increased incomes, and revitalized the work of contractors," al-Bassam said at the inauguration.

UNRWA's director of operations in Gaza, Robert Turner, thanked Saudi Arabia for funding the project and said the opening of the new neighborhood marked the end of a difficult period for thousands of refugees who had been living in mobile homes.

The project was launched in 2005 but was delayed for several years by Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip.
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1 ) Mel / USA
04/02/2013 20:57
Good! But did Riyadh/Jeddah get a legally binding contract from USG/Israel NOT TO BOMB in the near future,too?Of course a NEW REEFUGEE camp doesn't compensate for SOVEREIGN Palestinian Statehood according to UNResol.242 no matter HOW much Riyadh may want to turn its newly Wahhabi-bought real-estate project,in Palestine,into a Sheik's beach resort,with cheap Palestinian labor.'Scuse my cynicism,but what does Riyadh GET IN RETURN for this overdue 'benevolence'???

2 ) AKeenReader / UK
04/02/2013 21:54
No need to build yet & waste the money because Israeli idiots will demolish or bombing it again. Wait for acutal peace to take place.

3 ) Reader / from Edmonton
04/02/2013 22:36
Congratulations. Hopefully Israel doesn't destroy this good work. When will the Saudis be announcing a project in the West Bank?

4 ) ian / australia
04/02/2013 22:39
This shiny new neighbourhood in Rafah, like a kasbah of white stone gleaming in the sun, projects good in the way Israeli settlements project evil (IMHO).

5 ) gabi / australia
05/02/2013 02:32
I wonder how long it will be before Israelf inds some excuse to bomb it?

6 ) Maria / U.S.
05/02/2013 07:31
I wonder how long it will take Israel to destroy it.
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