Jerusalem24 – The head of the Contractors Union, Alaa al-Araj, expected that the coming days would witness the start of the reconstruction process in the Gaza Strip through Qatari and Kuwaiti grants that will finance the cost of rebuilding destroyed houses and multi-story buildings. He also expects that the United States and the concerned parties to facilitate the entry of all the necessities of reconstruction.
During a meeting held with Al-Emadi, in the presence of the latter’s deputy and members of the Board of Directors of the Contractors Union, Al-Araj discussed the reconstruction of destroyed homes for individuals in Gaza through a grant that Qatar will provide through direct payment to the beneficiaries.
Al-Araj indicated that the process of paying the beneficiaries will be through three or four stages, linked to the completion by each beneficiary of a stage of rebuilding the destroyed houses during the last Israeli aggression last May.
Al-Araj indicated in an interview with the daily Palestinian paper, Al-Ayyam, that the value of compensation for each affected individual through the Qatari grant may reach about 40 thousand dollars, expecting in this context that the total financing of the cost of rebuilding homes belonging to individuals that were completely or partially destroyed will reach about 40 million dollars.
He pointed out that the damages to the homes of the affected citizens were limited by more than one party, explaining that the Qatari committee had previous experience in rebuilding and compensating those affected by the 2014 war, including Qatar’s financing of building housing units in the Shejaiya area and other areas.
Al-Araj said, “ambassador Al-Emadi revealed that next week will witness the entry of construction iron without going through the United Nations GRM monitoring mechanism, as well as essential facilities in the file of what is known as dual-use materials, so that this file will be gradually completed.”
Al-Araj noted that the reconstruction of the residential buildings (towers) will take place through the State of Kuwait as large projects are implemented through contracting companies and the private sector, pointing out that the value of the financing expected to be provided by Kuwait may reach about $70 million to rebuild about 35 multi-story buildings.
He explained that other reconstruction projects, such as infrastructure projects, roads and water stations, will be funded by more than one donor, including European and Arab parties, who pledged to finance the cost of the reconstruction of these sectors as soon as the crossings are opened and building materials are introduced.
For his part, Al-Emadi stressed during the meeting with the Contractors Union, which was held at the headquarters of the Qatari Committee in Gaza City, the day before yesterday, that a fundamental change has occurred in the Israeli government’s policies towards Gaza, noting that this happened under European and American pressure aimed at improving the humanitarian and economic reality in Gaza. Gaza strip.
On projects related to the infrastructure, agricultural and other sectors, Al Emadi said, “Next year, there will be work for contractors after the full vision of these projects is clear.”
Al-Emadi reiterated Qatar’s commitment to continue its efforts to establish calm in the region and push for the start of the reconstruction process and the implementation of basic projects, as well as the introduction of raw materials needed for reconstruction.
Al-Emadi indicated that understandings had been reached with the United Nations and the concerned parties to facilitate the process of entering basic materials, especially iron, into the Gaza Strip and to start implementing reconstruction projects and any other special projects.
He stressed that the State of Qatar is intensifying its efforts to start reconstruction projects in the Strip, noting that communication will be made through the competent authorities with those affected by the total demolition to prepare their files in preparation for the start of its reconstruction within the Qatari grant for the reconstruction of Gaza.