Hamas calls for more donation to rebuild Gaza

23:19, December 29, 2010      

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Hamas on Wednesday called on Arab states to help rebuild houses and government institutions in the Gaza Strip.

The Arab states "must not wait for an American permission" to meet their promises to rebuild what Israel destroyed during its military operation here nearly two years ago, Hamas Interior Minister Fatthi Hamad said at an opening ceremony of the first police station rebuilt after the Israeli offensive.

After the Israeli operation that left as many as 1,400 Palestinians dead, international donors met in Egypt and promised more than four billion U.S. dollars to rebuild Gaza, but most of the money have not been sent to the Palestinians yet.

"Rebuilding the security posts is a message to the Israeli occupation that it cannot break us," Hamad said.

Israel is still banning shipments of some construction materials like cement and gravel to Gaza, as part of its economic sanctions against Hamas. Israel blockaded Gaza when Hamas took over Gaza by force in 2007.

However, Hamas managed to bring in building materials through tunnels under Gaza's border with Egypt.

Source: Xinhua
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