Hamas to build Gaza homes destroyed by Israel

Dozens of families are still living in tents and depend on aid from relief agencies after Israel destroyed their homes in the December 2008-January 2009 Gaza war.

Hamas to build Gaza homes destroyed by Israel

Hamas launched a programme on Tuesday to rebuild 1,000 homes in the Gaza Strip destroyed by Israel two years ago.

Dozens of families are still living in tents and depend on aid from relief agencies after Israel destroyed their homes in the December 2008-January 2009 Gaza war.

"We are announcing today the launching of the first project to rebuild what had been destroyed by the occupation in all of the Gaza Strip," Ismail Haniyeh, prime minister of Hamas's Gaza-based government, said at a cornerstone-laying ceremomy.

Youssef al-Mansi, the Hamas-appointed minister of public works, said construction would begin at several sites within a week to 10 days.

Majed Goma, whose family of eight has lived in the only two rooms of his home that were not damaged in the Gaza war, said he hoped the project marked the beginning a "a new era -- the era of rebuilding".

Hamas declined to disclose the project's cost or the source of its funding.

Asked about the source of money for the new project, Mansi said "there are no donor countries" and that the Hamas-led government would finance all the work.


Agencies

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