Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Israel approves construction of 200 thousand Palestinian homes in Gaza

Israel has authorized the construction of new houses for 200 thousand Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, which was one of the largest housing projects in the territory for years, military authorities said Tuesday. The agency that coordinates activities in the Palestinian areas Israelis said that in addition to housing, authorized the construction of 18 schools in southern Gaza.

Israel, which controls the transport of cargo crossing into Gaza has long banned the entry of construction materials in the coastal strip since Hamas militants took control of the area in 2007. Israel fears such items as cement, metals and glass can be used for military purposes by the leaders of Hamas.

The construction needs in Gaza are capitalized, after the Israeli military offensive against Hamas launched two and half years ago. The UN estimates that some 60 000 homes were damaged or destroyed during the operation that lasted three weeks.

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