Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Lack of Gaza construction material impedes repair of homes


GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A lack of construction material in the Gaza Strip is preventing the refurbishment of 20 homes in the al-Bureij refugee camp, an UNRWA official said Wednesday.

Abu Omar Rabaty, director of UNRWA's housing department, said the UN agency has already signed contracts to refurbish the homes but Israel has yet to allow the necessary construction material into Gaza.

UNRWA submitted an application to Israeli authorities to allow cement, iron bars, and gravel needed for the project.

The homes need to be demolished and rebuilt as they could collapse at any time, Rabaty said. more

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