Qatar pledges $1 billion for Gaza reconstruction
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Qatar pledges $1 billion for Gaza reconstruction

US commits to $212m at Cairo donor conference; UK earmarks $32.1m, calls for end to ‘cycle of conflict and emergency aid’

US Secretary of State John Kerry shakes hands with Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid bin Mohammad al-Attiyah in Cairo, Egypt, on Sunday, October 12, 2014, during the Gaza donor conference. (photo credit: AP/Carolyn Kaster, Pool)
US Secretary of State John Kerry shakes hands with Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid bin Mohammad al-Attiyah in Cairo, Egypt, on Sunday, October 12, 2014, during the Gaza donor conference. (photo credit: AP/Carolyn Kaster, Pool)

Qatar has pledged $1 billion (NIS 3.73 billion) toward the reconstruction of Gaza Strip after this summer’s 50-day Israel-Hamas war.

“Qatar announces its participation with $1 billion for the reconstruction of Gaza,” said Khalid bin Mohammad Al Attiyah, the foreign minister of the gas-rich country, on Sunday during a pledge conference in Cairo.

US Secretary of State John Kerry announced immediate US assistance of $212 million as the conference began.

The United Arab Emirates also pledged $200 million.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has said Gaza needs $4 billion.

British International Development Minister Desmond Swayne pledged $32.1 million in early recovery assistance for Gazans affected by the war. The money will cover disposal of unexploded ordnance, rubble clearing and reconstructive surgery, according to a statement released by the British government.

The statement said that the UK is ready to provide longer term support, but only if the situation changes in Gaza, and the conditions do not invite another conflict.

“Simply relying on international donors to continue to pick up the pieces is not an option,” warned Swayne. “The cycle of conflict and emergency aid is unsustainable. The need for bold political steps from all parties has never been more apparent.

“It is critical that reconstruction efforts now form part of a process of meaningful political change. The UK will continue to stand alongside the people of Gaza in their hour of need, but this must be the last time that we see Gaza being rebuilt.”

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