CAIRO (Reuters) – The Qatari Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday that Qatar and Egypt have reached arrangements to deliver gasoline and basic building supplies to the Gaza Strip.
Soltan bin Saad Al-Muraikhi, Qatar’s minister of state for foreign affairs, made the news during a ministerial meeting of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC), the international donor organisation for Palestinians, in Oslo.
“He (Muraikhi) reiterated that these combined cooperation measures will contribute to improve living circumstances (in Gaza),” according to a statement from the Foreign Ministry.
According to Gaza’s Hamas-run administration, around 2,200 houses in the territory were demolished and 37,000 others were damaged during the 11-day confrontation between Israel and Hamas in May.
Rockets launched by the Islamist organisation Hamas and other Gaza armed organisations damaged some Israeli houses.
According to Palestinian sources, Israeli air assaults on Gaza killed 250 people, including 66 children. According to Israeli officials, terrorist missiles killed 13 people in Israel, including two toddlers.
Following a cease-fire negotiated by Egypt on May 21, Hamas has made access to reconstruction finances and supplies a top priority. Israel restricts the entry of building materials into the region, claiming that Hamas utilises them to develop weapons for attacks.
However, following a deal with the UN and Qatar, Israel let financial help from the Gulf state to enter Gaza.
Officials in Gaza anticipate that rebuilding houses and infrastructure damaged in the May violence will cost $479 million. Qatar and Egypt have each donated $500 million to aid in the restoration of Gaza.