EU foreign policy chief calls for Gaza rebuilding

2014-11-08 22:34

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Gaza City - The European Union's new foreign affairs chief is urging Palestinians in the Gaza Strip to work together to begin reconstruction of the war-shattered territory in earnest.

Federica Mogherini was making her first visit to Gaza on Saturday. She said peace talks between Israel and the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority also must resume as a prelude for Gaza's reconstruction. The coastal territory was severely damaged during last summer's 50-day war between Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers.

Palestinian estimates say that as much as $6bn is needed to repair the damage sustained during the conflict, which destroyed or damaged as many as 100 000 houses. Reconstruction has been slow because aid hasn't arrived as expected and the rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah have been wrangling for control in Gaza.

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