Fayyad to unveil Gaza aid ways for foreign donors without Hamas

Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad on Saturday proposed ways he said could "make it easier for foreign donors" to help pay for post-attack reconstruction in the Israel-destroyed Gaza Strip.

Fayyad to unveil Gaza aid ways for foreign donors without Hamas
Donors could transfer aid money through Palestinian commercial banks or via the Palestinian Authority, Fayyad, who heads Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's Western-backed government, told reporters in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

Fayyad said further details of the plan to rebuild homes and property destroyed in the 22-day Israeli offensive in Gaza, would be unveiled at a conference in Egypt next month.

"Donors would be free to make payments directly to the Palestinian Authority which in turn would transfer the funds through commercial banks to beneficiaries, or the donors could pay directly to the beneficiaries through the banks. It's their call," Fayyad said.

The Palestinian Authority has estimated reconstruction costs in Gaza would total some $2 billion and announced a $600 million reconstruction programme last Wednesday with plans for funding to come from foreign donors.

Fayyad said the plan was intended to give donors "maximum flexibility and ensure the speedy start of rebuilding".

"We will go to the March 2 donors meeting in Egypt with our initiative to try to raise the needed funds. It offers the donor states the choices and assurances they need to ensure that reconstruction will take place, and quickly," Fayyad said.

Reuters

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