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Deputy PM: Unity government to rebuild Gaza

Aug. 15, 2014 11:16 A.M. (Updated: Aug. 17, 2014 11:08 A.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian unity government will take responsibility for the reconstruction of Gaza following Israel's devastating month-long assault, deputy prime minister Ziad Abu Amr said Friday.

"The Palestinian government will take responsibility for the Gaza Strip and its needs," the deputy prime minister said during a visit to Gaza's Shifa hospital.

Abu Amr visited the hospital with Minister of Public Works, Mufid al-Hasayneh, Minister of Labor, Mamun Abu Shahla, Salim al-Saqqa the Minister of Justice and Haifa al-Agha, Minister of Women's Affairs.

The official praised the "heroic" actions of medical staff in Gaza while health minister Yoused Abu al-Rish said the visit was a boost amid the suffering of medics who were injured or killed during Israel's offensive.

Medics and nurses had not been paid for months before Israel's offensive began, Abu al-Rish added.

Abu Amr arrived in Gaza on Tuesday in his first visit since the formation of a new unity government.

The visit marks the first time Israel has allowed officials from the Palestinian unity government to enter Gaza through Erez since its formation.

Hamas and the PLO, dominated by Fatah, signed a surprise reconciliation agreement in April to end years of rivalry.
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