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Ministry begins removing rubble from Gaza neighborhood

Dec. 3, 2014 6:09 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 6, 2014 12:21 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Ministry of Housing and Public Works in Gaza on Wednesday began removing rubble left by Israel's 50-day military offensive on the coastal territory.

The project will last for one year and is financed by the Swedish government.

Mufid al-Hasayneh, Minister of Housing and Public Works, told Ma'an that 140,000 tons of rubble will be removed from the Shujaiyya neighborhood during the first stage of the projects.

Over 60,000 tons of rubble will be recycled and used to rebuild infrastructure.

There is currently a shortage in heavy machinery for removing the rubble, al-Hasayneh said, adding that Israel must allow building material to enter Gaza in order for reconstruction to take place.

Some 1,500 displaced families in Shujaiyya will receive financial aid to support their basic needs as reconstruction takes place.

Over 28,000 homes were damaged during Israel's offensive, with 3,000 completely destroyed.

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