The American news website Axios, citing Israeli officials and Western diplomats, said that Israel is threatening to obstruct the reconstruction of Gaza unless progress is recorded regarding the return of its prisoners to the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas).
In a report published on its website , the website quoted the same sources as saying that Israel threatens to suspend the reconstruction of Gaza in the event that no progress is made regarding the recovery of those it says are prisoners and the remains of two Hamas soldiers since the 2014 war, noting that the indirect negotiations between Tel Aviv and Hamas to establish a cease-fire and start construction raises fears of a renewed confrontation between the two parties. Read also Hamas leads a new battle to end the siege of Gaza Gaza incendiary balloons… a Palestinian deterrent that inflames the political atmosphere in Israel Hamas and the Palestinian Authority.. Agreement on the reconstruction of Gaza and disagreement over mechanisms
Axios pointed out that Qatar pledged to provide $500 million to rebuild what was destroyed by the Israeli bombing last May, and that the main obstacle is how to transfer the amount to Gaza.
Western diplomats told the American website that the head of Hamas in the Gaza Strip, Yahya Sinwar, rejected a mechanism presented by the UN envoy regarding the disbursement of reconstruction funds in Gaza.
Two days ago, Sinwar said that the meeting he had with the United Nations delegation was bad, and that the situation in the Gaza Strip could not continue.
Israeli officials visited Cairo twice recently to discuss the issue of prisoners, while Hamas refused to link this file to the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip.
UNRWA launches an appeal for help
On the other hand, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) launched an appeal for humanitarian assistance in the Gaza Strip, worth $164 million until the end of this year, following what it described as the hostilities that the Gaza Strip experienced last May.
The Acting Director of UNRWA Operations in Gaza, Sam Rose, said that the agency will begin early next month to pay financial compensation to the families of the displaced who lost their homes during the recent war.
Rose stressed that the living conditions in the Gaza Strip witnessed a clear deterioration due to the continuation of the Israeli siege imposed for the 15th year in a row, and the recent military confrontation that erupted last month. And he indicated that the agency will start implementing several programs in the Gaza Strip, within the state of emergency.
He said that the first of these programs is to cover food and necessary supplies, and to rebuild and repair damaged homes, as well as to support families who are still in shelters.
According to UNRWA, the number of homes that were completely or very severely damaged as a result of the recent aggression on Gaza reached about 1,400, while the number of partially damaged housing units was estimated at 14,000.
As part of the emergency program, the UN agency plans to distribute about two thousand dollars, next July, to each family who lost their home completely or was seriously damaged.