UN to supervise Gaza reconstruction

Published September 22nd, 2014 - 07:26 GMT

The United Nations (UN) is set to send hundreds of international supervisors to the Gaza Strip in order to monitor the reconstruction work in the war-ravaged territory.

In an agreement reached last week between Middle East UN envoy Robert Serry, Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah and the coordinator for Israeli’s activities in the Palestinian territories, Yoav Mordechai, about five hundred international supervisors will be sent to monitor the reconstruction work in Gaza.

A senior Israeli official said that Tel Aviv asked the UN to monitor the reconstruction work so that there would be a source to supervise and report from Gaza.

Under the project, the observers would be stationed at major construction areas, material storage sites and locations of bulldozers and other heavy mechanical equipment. The deal also permits the installation of security cameras at reconstruction sites.

The 50-day Israeli war on Gaza left at least 2,100 Palestinians dead and thousands of others displaced.

Almost 17,000 housing units were destroyed during the war. Almost all the infrastructure serving the Gaza population including the only school for physically-disabled children, were destroyed in the war.

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