Protesters try to storm UN building in Gaza

2015-01-28 14:21

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Gaza City - Dozens of protesters on Wednesday tried to storm the Gaza headquarters of the United Nations, an AFP correspondent said, after the UN announced it lacked funds to rebuild the war-battered Palestinian territory.

Around 200 people demonstrated outside the building in Gaza City of the UN Palestinian refugee agency, UNRWA, burning tyres and throwing stones.

"We are still homeless!" they chanted.

Some tried to storm the building before police of the Islamist movement Hamas, the de facto power in Israeli-besieged Gaza, broke up the demonstration.

The incident came a day after UNRWA announced it cannot afford to repair tens of thousands of homes damaged during the July-August war between Israel and Hamas because donors have failed to pay.

At least 100 000 people remain homeless since the 50-day conflict, which killed nearly 2 200 Palestinians and 73 people on the Israeli side.

UNRWA said cutting subsidies to displaced residents now renting alternative accommodation could force large numbers back to UN schools and centres which are already sheltering 12 000 people.

Reconstruction has barely begun, with experts saying it will take years even if Israel significantly eases its eight-year blockade on Gaza.

A Hamas official has warned the coastal territory could become a breeding ground for extremism unless promised reconstruction is accelerated.

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