Israel okays materials for UN residential projects in Gaza

11:09, March 10, 2011      

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Palestinian UN workers check a truck carrying construction materials, crossed through the Israeli Sofa crossing, southern Gaza Strip on March 9, 2011. Israel gave a green light for the resumption of two construction projects in the Gaza Strip, conducted by a United Nations organization, the UN Relief and Works Agency said Wednesday. (Xinhua/Khaled Omar)

Israel has given a green light for resuming two construction projects, conducted by a UN organization, in the Gaza Strip, the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) said Wednesday.

The residential projects were halted when Israel imposed a blockade on Gaza in June 2007.

Israel has notified the UNRWA's Commissioner-General Filippo Grandi that priority was given to allow construction materials for the two projects in southern Gaza Strip, said Adnan Abu Hassna, a spokesman for the UNRWA.

The 70-million-U.S. dollar projects, funded by Saudi Arabia and Japan would provide apartments for hundreds of families lost their homes in Israeli military operations between 2002 and 2003.

The families demonstrated on Sudan and Monday in front of the UNRWA offices in southern Gaza Strip for the delay in implementing the projects. The UNRWA accuses Israel of not letting in enough and regular materials for the building.

Source: Xinhua

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