Sunday, 10 March 2013

Jeddah bank to fund Gaza reconstruction projects

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – The Jeddah-based Islamic Development Bank has allocated $79.9 million to fund a new package of reconstruction projects in the Gaza Strip.

The IDB is in is in charge of Gaza reconstruction projects on behalf of the Gulf Cooperation Council.

Field coordinator Rifaat Diab told Ma’an that the new fund is a sixth package which the IDB started after the latest Israeli military offensive against the Gaza Strip. He highlighted that with the new package the GCC have donated $367.1 million to Gaza reconstruction projects. more

Factions to meet in April for unity talks, official says

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Palestinian faction officials will meet in April under the auspices of Egypt's leadership to renew national unity talks, a Palestinian official said Sunday.

Yasser al-Wadia, the general coordinator for independent political figures, told Ma'an that President Mahmoud Abbas, Hamas chief-in-exile Khalid Mashaal and all national factions have agreed to move forward to end national division.

Independent, Islamic and national figures are in contact to support reconciliation efforts.

Al-Wadia praised the role of the Central Elections Commission, which registered voters in Gaza for the first time since Jan. 2005.

Unity talks have stalled since a series of Cairo meetings in February failed to produce any tangible outcome. more