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PLO official: No set date for start of Gaza reconstruction

Oct. 12, 2014 7:05 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 14, 2014 10:41 A.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- No date has been set yet for the beginning of the reconstruction process in Gaza, a PLO official told Ma'an Sunday.

Yasir al-Wadiya, a PLO leader and participant in the Cairo conference on Gaza reconstruction, said that despite the lack of a set date, the wheels are in motion for the rebuilding to begin.

"What was presented today (in Cairo) were the premises for reconstruction during the coming periods," al-Wadiya said.

"All estimates are positive, and we talked with all parties concerning the urgent steps that need to be taken before winter."

He added that the full implementation of the recent Gaza-West Bank reconciliation agreement would guarantee reconstruction, and called on Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah to "stay in Gaza because his tasks are big, and his responsibility is even bigger."

Hamdallah and his unity government of technocrats held their first ever meeting in Gaza on Thursday ahead of the conference -- Israeli officials had until then denied permits for the government's West Bank-based ministers to visit the besieged coastal enclave.

On Sunday, Global donors pledged hundreds of millions in aid to the devastated Gaza Strip.

This summer's conflict killed nearly 2,200 Palestinians, mostly civilians, while attacks by Gaza militants killed 73 on the Israeli side, mostly soldiers.

It also left the densely populated enclave in ruins, displacing more than a quarter of Gaza's population of 1.7 million and leaving more than 100,000 people homeless.
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