Reconstruction begins in Gaza with work to rebuild home
More than a year after the devastating Gaza war, the Palestinian Housing and Public Works Ministry said the rebuilding of homes in the Gaza Strip has begun.
The ministry says construction began Wednesday on a home that was flattened during the war, which is located in the hard-hit Shijaiyah neighbourhood of Gaza City.
An estimated 18,000 homes throughout Gaza were destroyed during the 50-day war, which the United Nations says displaced 110,000 people.
Reconstruction efforts have been slow, hampered by unmet international funding promises and a rift within the Palestinian leadership.
Earlier this year, the international charity organisation, Oxfam said that rebuilding Gaza could take a century to complete unless the Israeli blockade is lifted.
Israel allows trucks carrying construction materials into the Gaza Strip under strict security measures.
The first house being rebuilt is part of a Qatari-funded project that will see 1,000 housing units reconstructed.