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Gaza still clearing rubble from 2014 war

Some 97% of the rubble from homes destroyed during the 2014 Israeli war has been removed.
A Palestinian schoolgirl walks past the remains of a house, destroyed during 2014 war, as she returns to her home on a winter day in the northern Gaza Strip February 10, 2016. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem   - RTX26D1S
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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — June 2016 is the deadline set by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in collaboration with the Palestinian Ministry of Public Works and Housing, to complete the removal of the rubble from buildings destroyed in 2014 during the Israeli war on Gaza. The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) estimates that 141,000 homes were completely or partially damaged, in addition to dozens of institutions, industrial installations and government buildings.

Mufeed al-Hasayneh, minister of public works and housing, told Al-Monitor that 97% of the rubble from the homes destroyed has been removed. The remaining rubble is from large buildings, such as the so-called Italian tower in the center of Gaza City, the Awda food factory in central Gaza and the Zu'rob Tower in Rafah.

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