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Gazans displaced by war to be housed in 'mobile homes'

Aug. 13, 2014 12:59 A.M. (Updated: Aug. 14, 2014 10:30 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Thousands of Gazans displaced in Israel's recent assault on the besieged enclave will be housed in mobile homes until a permanent solution can be found, a Palestinian official said Wednesday.

Mufid al-Hasaynah, minister for public works and housing, says the ministry is trying to arrange the entry of 3,500 mobile homes donated to Gaza by Turkey.

Over 17,000 homes were completely destroyed while 43,000 suffered damages in over a month of Israeli attacks.

Palestinian deputy prime minister Ziad Abu Amr arrived in Gaza Tuesday to meet with government officials and NGOs and prepare for reconstruction.

The United Nations' Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Robert Serry is scheduled to visit the Gaza Strip Wednesday where he will meet with Palestinian ministers, al-Hasaynah said.

According to the UN, about 110,000 Palestinians in Gaza are using UNRWA schools as shelter after their houses were destroyed.

Since Hamas took power in 2007, Israel has launched three major offensives on Gaza, including the 22-day Operation Cast Lead over New Year 2009, and the eight-day Operation Pillar of Defense in November 2012, killing over 3,500 Palestinians.

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