The Hamas movement on Sunday handed out over four thousand euros to Palestinian residents in Gaza whose houses were destroyed in the 22-day Israeli offensive that began in late December, Palestinian news agency reported.
The money was distributed during a festival in front of As-Salam Mosque on Sunday in Jabaliya, which is in the northern Gaza Strip, Ma'an said.
According to a Hamas spokesperson, Abdul-Latif Al-Qanu, the number of houses completely destroyed is estimated at 1,885, while homes that sustained partial damage were said to be around 2,200, in addition to 5,000 houses that received slight damage.
Al-Qanu also explained that in a few days, Hamas will hand out financial aid to those whose houses were partially damaged. Each house owner will receive 2,000 euros, he said.
After that, Hamas will pay US $1,000 to families of martyrs, he added. According to Al-Qanu, 490 martyrs fell in the northern Gaza Strip alone, which is about a third of the overall death toll.
1.5 million Gazans live under heavy Israel siege for a long time and Egypt still insists on not to opening the only Gaza border crossing in a move condemned by Muslims around the world in protests, leaving Gazans desperate to digging tunnels underground and risking their lives since 2007.
Israel killed more than 1,300 Palestinians, a third of them children in the 22-day military aggression on Gaza and wounded 5,300 Palestinians, and Gaza infrastructure suffered massive damage totaling some 476 million dollars, according to Palestinian medics and officials.
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