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Is Israel restricting UNRWA's reconstruction efforts in Gaza?

While UNRWA is assessing the houses damaged or destroyed during the Gaza war, some Hamas officials are accusing the international relief organization of working with Israel to the detriment of the Palestinian people.
A Palestinian woman carries her daughter as she walks past her house, which witnesses said was destroyed by Israeli shelling during the most recent conflict between Israel and Hamas, following heavy rain in the east of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip November 4, 2014. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa (GAZA - Tags: POLITICS CONFLICT ENVIRONMENT) - RTR4CQQ0
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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Palestinians are hoping for reconstruction to start and for the Israeli blockade to be lifted following Israel’s bloodiest war on Hamas, and especially after Hamas handed over the reins of power in the Gaza Strip to the unity government, led by the Palestinian Authority (PA). However, the blockade continues to exist and the reconstruction has become conditional, as is the case of lifting the blockade. Meanwhile, Hamas continues to provide financial support for its popular base, despite Israel’s policy to dry up its income sources.

Two weeks before the donors’ conference was held in Cairo on Oct. 12, which succeeded in bringing in necessary funds of $5.4 billion from international and Arab countries to rebuild Gaza, a team affiliated with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) was tasked with reporting and registering the damaged houses during the latest war for compensation. The team visited the house of Abu Uday in the Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza to check and register the damages.

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