Qatar, Egypt agrees to deliver fuel and basic building materials to Gaza

Qatar and Egypt have signed agreements to supply fuel and basic building materials to the Gaza Strip, the Qatari Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.

The announcement was made in Oslo by Soltan bin Saad Al-Muraikhi, Qatar’s chief minister of foreign affairs, during a ministerial meeting of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC), the international donor group for Palestinians.

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He (Muraikhi) claimed that these “joint cooperation efforts will contribute to improving living conditions (in Gaza),” the statement from the Foreign Ministry said.

About 2,200 homes in the enclave were destroyed and 37,000 others were damaged during the 11-day conflict between Israel and Hamas in May, the Gaza-administered Hamas government says.

Some homes in Israel have been damaged by rockets launched by Hamas and other Gaza militant groups.

Palestinian officials say 250 people, including 66 children, have been killed in Israeli airstrikes on Gaza. Israeli officials say 13 people, including two children, were killed in Israel by militant rockets.

After a May 21 ceasefire, mediated by Egypt, access to reconstruction funds and materials was a key requirement of Hamas. Israel restricts building materials from entering the territory, saying Hamas uses them to build weapons to carry out attacks.

But after an agreement with the United Nations and Qatar, Israel allowed financial assistance from the Gulf state to enter Gaza.

Gaza officials estimate that $ 479 million is needed to rebuild homes and infrastructure damaged in the May fighting. Qatar and Egypt each pledged $ 500 million for reconstruction of Gaza.

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