Donors urged to keep Gaza pledges

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Published: Monday 13th October 2014 by The News Editor

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The Palestinian prime minister has called for international donor nations to honour their pledges to send billions of dollars to help rebuild the Gaza Strip after a devastating 50-day war against Israel.

Donor nations have promised to provide 5.4 billion dollars (£4.27 billion), half of which is earmarked for rebuilding the territory.

The Palestinian prime minister, Rami Hamdallah, said it is critical that donor nations keep their promises. He noted that after a previous war in 2009, only a small fraction of pledged money was actually sent.

“Our plans are ready for the reconstruction, but it depends on the flow of the money,” he said at a meeting with visiting UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon.

“In 2009, most of the pledged money did not come. We hope that this time is different.”

Published: Monday 13th October 2014 by The News Editor

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