UN says up to 485 mn dollars needed to rebuild Gaza

But Israel needs to facilitate access for goods and people

29 July, 12:24

    Between 345 and 485 million dollars are needed for the reconstruction of Gaza after the devastation caused by the 11 days of fighting last May, said United Nations Deputy Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Lynn Hastings, in a briefing before the UN Security Council, based on estimates by the World Bank and the European Union.

    "The conflict in May was a human tragedy for both Palestinians and Israelis, but it has further exacerbated the existing humanitarian and economic crisis in Gaza," Hastings said.

    She recalled that the UN has already raised the first 45 million dollars of a requested 95 million for urgent relief, but "further significant steps" are needed.

    "It is essential that Israel permit access for necessary humanitarian aid, including materials to implement the 2021 aid plan," she said.

    In addition, she said without a regular and predictable flow of goods into Gaza, the ability of the UN and its partners to carry out humanitarian interventions will be threatened.

    "Although urgent humanitarian interventions can provide crucial relief in the short term, any sustainable future in Gaza requires political solutions. I reiterate the need for the return of a legitimate Palestinian government to Gaza," Hastings said.

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