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Report: 10% of needed construction materials enter Gaza

April 26, 2015 9:31 P.M. (Updated: April 27, 2015 5:38 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The amount of construction material that entered Gaza for its reconstruction since August 2014 amounts to only 10 percent of the market's needs, a report issued Sunday said.

The Popular Committee to End the Siege said that between the period of Oct. 14, 2014, and April 23, 2015, 2,252 truckloads of cement weighing around 90,000 tons entered Gaza with an average of 473 tons daily, but Gaza needs 3,000 tons daily.

An additional 175 truckloads of re-bar weighing 6,125 tons and 1,540 truckloads of aggregate weighing 61,000 tons are also needed.

The report added that the amount of re-bar entered would be enough for building 500 apartments, while 30,000 apartments were destroyed during the war.

Some 58 truckloads of cement at 2,320 tons entered for Qatari-funded projects, while 12,750 truckloads of base-coarse and aggregate which amounts to around a half-million tons also entered. 

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