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$6.5 million distributed to rebuild damaged factories in Gaza

Nov. 23, 2015 3:30 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 23, 2015 3:30 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Qatar Charity organization and the General Union of Palestinian Industries on Sunday distributed $6.5 million worth of financial aid to help owners rebuild factories damaged during last year's military offensive.

The financial aid was announced during a ceremony at the Le Commodore Hotel in Gaza City and will be distributed to 252 factories from the food, metal, paper and aluminium sectors.

Muhammad Abu Halub head of the Qatar Charity, Bashir al-Rayyis, head of the national reconstruction team, Abd al-Fattah al-Zerei, deputy head of the Ministry of Economy, and Ali al-Hayik, deputy head of the General Union of Palestinian Industries also attended the ceremony.

Al-Hayik called upon the international community, especially countries that pledged aid to rebuild damaged factories during the Sharm el-Sheikh conference, to help rebuild Gaza.

He also called on the Palestinian Authority Prime Minister to exert efforts to provide compensation for damage caused to industry in the Gaza Strip in previous incursions.

The 2014 war on Gaza killed2,200 Palestinians and displaced half a million more. It alsodestroyed or severely damaged more than 20,000 Palestinian homes, 148 schools, 15 hospitals and 45 primary healthcare centers, according to theUnited Nations development agency.

As many as 247 factories and 300 commercial centers were fully or partially destroyed, and Gaza's only power station sustained severe damage.

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