Israel agrees to the UN plan to rebuild the Gaza Strip
U.N. Middle East envoy Robert Serry has announced that the United Nations, Israel and the Palestinian Authority have reached a deal to allow reconstruction work to begin in the war-torn Gaza Strip with U.N. monitoring of the use of materials.
Serry told the U.N. Security Council that the United Nations
had brokered the deal "to enable work at the scale required in
the strip, involving the private sector in Gaza and giving a
lead role to the Palestinian Authority in the reconstruction
effort, while providing security assurances through U.N.
monitoring that these materials will not be diverted from their
entirely civilian purpose."
The Palestinian Authority said in a study recently that the
reconstruction work would cost $7.8 billion, two and a half times Gaza's gross domestic product, including $2.5 billion for
the reconstruction of homes and $250 million for energy.