Gaza needs the biggest reconstruction effort since World War II

The New York Times

Much of Gaza has been reduced to a grey landscape of rubble, and the United Nations estimated the cost of reconstruction at between $30 billion and $40 billion.
Reconstruction is made more difficult by the presence of large quantities of unexploded ordnance that Gaza’s Civil Defence agency says triggers “more than 10 explosions every week”.
Israel estimates that 129 captives seized by militants during their attack remain in Gaza.
Israel’s retaliatory offensive against Hamas has killed at least 34,596 people in Gaza, mostly women and children, according to the Hamas-run territory’s health ministry.
Senior Hamas official Osama Hamdan told AFP late Wednesday that the movement’s position on the proposal was “negative” for the time being.
Separately, Netanyahu told a delegation of Holocaust survivors that Jews should welcome but not expect non-Jewish support and should be ready to “stand alone”.
A mother’s tears In response to US pressure, Israel has allowed increased aid deliveries into Gaza in recent days, including through a reopened crossing.
Israel’s military told AFP it was “not aware” of such an incident.


It happened as, following weeks of mostly deadlocked negotiations, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh expressed optimism about a potential truce and hostage release agreement.

Nearly seven months into the conflict that has destroyed much of the Palestinian territory, there have been reports of points of contention between the militant group and Israel.

However, in calls to Egyptian and Qatari mediators, Haniyeh, the head of the militant group’s political bureau based in Qatar, stated that Hamas was reviewing the most recent proposal in a “positive spirit.”.

The UN estimated that rebuilding Gaza would cost between $30 billion and $40 billion, with much of the area reduced to a gray landscape of rubble.

“The extent of the damage is enormous and unheard of. The world community has not dealt with this mission since World War II, assistant secretary-general Abdallah al-Dardari stated during a briefing in Amman, the capital of Jordan.

“72 percent of all residential buildings have been destroyed, either totally or partially,” he declared.

Large quantities of unexploded ordnance, which Gaza’s Civil Defence agency claims causes “more than 10 explosions every week,” complicate reconstruction.

1,170 people, primarily civilians, lost their lives in Hamas’s October 7 attack on Israel, which marked the beginning of the war, according to an AFP count of Israeli government figures.

According to Israel, there are still 129 militants held captive in Gaza who were taken during their attack. 34 are reportedly dead, according to the military.

The health ministry of the Hamas-run territory reports that at least 34,596 people have died in Gaza as a result of Israel’s retaliatory offensive against the group, the majority of whom were women and children.

“Complete this.”.

Based on information made public by Britain, mediators have put forth a plan to end hostilities for 40 days in exchange for thousands of Palestinian prisoners and Israeli hostages.

Not authorized to speak in public, an Israeli official stated that Israel was still awaiting a formal response from Hamas regarding the most recent proposal.

Prior to Haniyeh’s remarks on Thursday, it was largely met with disapproval by Hamas officials.

Osama Hamdan, a senior Hamas official, informed AFP late on Wednesday that the movement’s stance on the proposal was “negative” at this time.

The group’s objective, according to another top Hamas official, Suhail al-Hindi, is still to “end this war,” which is contrary to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s declared stance.

However, mediators are applying tremendous pressure to the militant group to accept the most recent offer.

During his most recent tour of the Middle East’s problems, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated in Israel on Wednesday that “Hamas needs to say yes and needs to get this done.”.

Growing criticism.

Israeli opposition leader Yair Lapid stated that Netanyahu “doesn’t have any political excuse not to move to a deal for the release of the hostages” after their meeting with Blinken.

The US opposes any operation that does not protect the 1.5 million civilians who are taking refuge in Gaza’s southernmost city, but Netanyahu has vowed to send Israeli ground troops into Rafah regardless of whether a truce is reached.

“We will take all necessary measures to defeat our adversary, including in Rafah,” he promised during a cabinet meeting on Thursday.

Separately, Netanyahu advised a group of Holocaust survivors that although they should be prepared to “stand alone,” Jews should welcome non-Jewish support.

“It’s good if recruiting Gentiles is possible. He informed them, “But if we don’t defend ourselves, nobody will.”.

Protesters regularly urge Netanyahu to strike a deal that would allow the remaining captives to be returned home.

Outside of Netanyahu’s Jerusalem home on Thursday, demonstrators erected large pictures of women held captive. Once more, they closed a highway in Tel Aviv.

The United States, Israel’s main military supplier, has also become more critical of the war.

Protesters have established encampments to oppose the increasing number of deaths in Gaza, and the demonstrations have spread to at least thirty US colleges.

Declaring that US universities had been “contaminated by hatred and anti-Semitism,” Israeli President Isaac Herzog denounced the demonstrations.

While acknowledging that the US was “not an authoritarian nation where we silence people,” President Joe Biden also stated that anti-Semitism had “no place” on US campuses.

Mother’s tears.

Israel has recently permitted more humanitarian supplies into Gaza, including through a reopened crossing, in response to pressure from the US.

However, “improvements in bringing more aid into Gaza” cannot be used “to prepare for or justify a full-blown military assault on Rafah,” according to UN relief chief Martin Griffiths.

Foreign aid and borrowed equipment have helped to “almost completely” restore the emergency department at the largest hospital in south Gaza, the Nasser Medical Complex in Khan Yunis, which was severely damaged by fighting in February, according to its director, Atef al-Hout.

Along with airstrikes on Khan Yunis and shelling in the Rafah region, witnesses and an AFP correspondent reported fighting between Israeli troops and militants in Gaza City on Thursday.

Al-Shifa hospital is the largest in Gaza. Dr. Adnan Ahmed Atiya al-Barsh was the chief of orthopaedics there. He passed away last month while being held by Israel, according to Palestinian advocacy groups, who also claimed that he had been tortured.

The Israeli military informed AFP that it was “not aware” of any such incident.

Along with her injuries, Nadi expressed her fear that the hospital’s power would go out, depriving him of oxygen and ultimately killing him.

“I demand that my son be sent for medical treatment overseas. “He is in a very bad condition,” she sobbed.


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