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Lack of Gaza construction material impedes repair of homes
Published Wednesday 15/01/2014 (updated) 16/01/2014 20:53
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A lack of construction material in the Gaza Strip is preventing the refurbishment of 20 homes in the al-Bureij refugee camp, an UNRWA official said Wednesday.

Abu Omar Rabaty, director of UNRWA's housing department, said the UN agency has already signed contracts to refurbish the homes but Israel has yet to allow the necessary construction material into Gaza.

UNRWA submitted an application to Israeli authorities to allow cement, iron bars, and gravel needed for the project.

The homes need to be demolished and rebuilt as they could collapse at any time, Rabaty said.

Israel imposed restrictions on trade to Gaza in 2001 following the outbreak of a Palestinian uprising and tightened them further in 2007 after Hamas took over in the coastal enclave adjacent to Egypt, which also enforces a blockade.

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1 ) Henri / France > Israel
15/01/2014 21:20
Just look in the tunnels dug under the Gaza-Israeli border. There is a lot of steel and concrete waster there.

2 ) Outlier / USA
18/01/2014 02:15
Too much used on tunnels?

3 ) Sam / Australia
18/01/2014 07:42
Of course there's a shortage, have a look underground.

4 ) Colin Wright / USA
18/01/2014 11:35
To Henri #1: ' There is a lot of steel and concrete waster there.' It's not wasted. Goods can't be brought in above ground.
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