UN Envoy: Building Materials Entering Gaza May Quadruple in Coming Months

This summer's war caused major damage to parts of Gaza and 100,000 people have lost their homes, according to the UN.

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Palestinian schoolchildren in Gaza City walk past a destroyed building during the first day of school, on September 14, 2014.
Palestinian schoolchildren in Gaza City walk past a destroyed building during the first day of school, on September 14, 2014. Credit: AP

A United Nations official says he expects the amount of building materials entering Gaza to quadruple in the coming months, as the first details emerged from a deal reached on the territory's post-war reconstruction.

UN envoy James Rawley says that Israel, the Palestinian Authority and the UN agreed to increase the amount of basic building materials entering the war-battered territory. Rawley says the UN will monitor the flow of goods to address Israeli security concerns.

This summer's war caused major damage to parts of Gaza and 100,000 people have lost their homes, according to the UN

An Israeli and Egyptian blockade on the territory has severely limited the entry of construction materials, which Israel fears Hamas would use for military purposes.

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