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Hamas, PA compete for Gaza reconstruction

Palestinian division is deepening further, with disputes emerging between the PA and Hamas over which party will be responsible for handling the Gaza reconstruction process.
A Palestinian youth pets a cat in a building heavily damaged during recent Israeli strikes, Beit Hanun, northern Gaza Strip, on June 1, 2021.

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — A new episode of Palestinian political division between the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Hamas has reared its head, this time through the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip file. Two separate committees — the first affiliated with the PA, the second with the Hamas-run Ministry of Public Works and Housing in Gaza — are working to limit the damages inflicted by the recent Israeli war on Gaza between May 10 and May 21, amid a conflict between the two parties over the supervision of the reconstruction process.

The PA, with the support of the international community — United States, European Union and United Nations — is seeking to pump donor funds into its treasury to oversee the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip, amid US and Israeli insistence on keeping Hamas away from the reconstruction process.

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