Rebuilding Gaza will take 20 years, group says
Palestinian women look at the shattered remains of a building complex that was destroyed by fighting between Hamas Militants and Israel on August 29, 2014. [AFP]
Shelter Cluster released a report late on Friday, putting the number of housing units destroyed or severely damaged by Israel’s bombardment at 17,000.
Five-thousand other units needed repair for damage inflicted upon them in previous wars, said Shelter Cluster, putting the densely-populated enclave’s housing deficit at 75,000.
The 20-year assessment is based on the import of 100 trucks of construction materials per day, an amount commensurate to the current capacity of the sliver’s main cargo crossing, said the group.
It also voiced concerns that reconstruction efforts would be hindered by the Israeli and Egyptian siege.
Gaza has been blockaded since June 2007, a situation that has caused a decline in the standards of living, unprecedented levels of unemployment, and unrelenting poverty.
Israeli warplanes and tanks started pounding the blockaded enclave in early July, inflicting heavy losses on the Palestinian land.
On Tuesday, a truce took effect between the Israeli regime and the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas. The truce stipulates the ease of Israel’s seven-year-old blockade as well as the provision of a guarantee that Palestinian demands will be met.
Almost 2,137 Palestinians, mostly civilians, including women, children and the elderly, were killed in 50 days of the Israeli onslaught on Gaza. Around 11,000 others were injured.
Tel Aviv says 69 Israelis were killed in the conflict, but Hamas puts the number at much higher.