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Hamas: UN amends Gaza reconstruction plan after talks

Nov. 27, 2014 1:51 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 27, 2014 6:55 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A senior Hamas official claimed Thursday that the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process has amended a reconstruction plan for Gaza after a request by Hamas officials.

Senior official Mousa Abu Marzouq said Wednesday evening that a Gaza reconstruction deal brokered by the UN in September was not discussed with the movement.

The official, speaking on the Hamas-affiliated Al-Aqsa TV Channel, said "Hamas neither agreed to the plan verbally, nor on paper."

"We requested amendments and some items of the plan were amended. All that the international envoy requested was to secure the movement of UN teams in Gaza," he added, without providing any details about the nature of the amendments.

The official said that Qatar is the only country that has kept its promises to the Gaza Strip.

Abu Marzouq also briefly spoke about political reconciliation and blamed Fatah for trying to exclude Hamas and lacking the political will for unity.

Hamas is determined to achieve reconciliation, he added.

"There are leaders in the Palestinian Authority who consider Gaza as overweight which shouldn't be dealt with the same as the West Bank, or included in the budget of 2015. Some of them view Gaza as a second class part of the Palestinian people."

The reconstruction deal, announced by Robert Serry at a UN Security Council meeting in September, allowed private companies to move in to rebuild Gaza.

Twenty-eight trucks of cement entered the battered Gaza Strip Tuesday in only the second delivery of building materials for the private sector since a 50-day summer war

Palestinian officials say at least 100 trucks of building materials a day are needed to complete the reconstruction of Gaza within three years.

Interim figures indicate that nearly 89,000 refugee homes were damaged, of which 15,000 were either completely destroyed or so badly damaged as to be uninhabitable.
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