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Gaza economic aftermath: People struggle to rebuild homes

11-26-2012 10:25 BJT

The Gaza Strip should be declared an economically disastrous area.  That's according to the Palestinian Chamber of Commerce that puts the economic losses in Gaza, following eight days of Israeli air raids, at around 300 million US dollars.  And with thousands of homes and public buildings damaged or destroyed in the conflict the cost of cleaning up, and rebuilding, will put further strain on the tiny enclave.

Scores of buildings reduced to rubble. Gaza is starting to clean up, repair and rebuild, but it's going to take time.

Reporter: "Across the Gaza Strip there are government buildings, mosques, police stations like this one which have been completely destroyed.  The cleanup is underway, but the rebuilding process could take years."

Even Gaza's football stadium took a hit. With a huge hole in the pitch and stands which no longer stand, it's another reconstruction project to add to the long, and expensive, list.

Hatem Al-Shaikh Khalij from Gaza Municipality said, "There have been a lot of decisions by Arab countries to help Gaza in the past. We have received some of the money. We hope to get the rest so we can complete the rebuilding process. If Gaza is left to do this on its own, it will never be rebuilt."

Officials say Gaza hadn't finishing rebuilding and repairing damage from the last war with Israel, four years ago.  Now they are back to square one, and costs are soaring.

Maher Al-Tabbaa with Palestinian Chamber of Commerce,said, "During the last five years of the siege, and with two wars, the Gaza Strip has suffered big economic losses, more than five billion US dollars which is enough to show the world the terrible economic conditions of Gaza."

Israel has pledged to ease its blockade on Gaza which would aid reconstruction.  But there are difficult negotiations ahead and no firm timetable for lifting the restrictions.

And so for now the project to rebuild has begun,but the end is far from sight. 



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