Palestinian PM, Haniyeh discuss Gaza reconstruction

Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah and his unity government members left the Gaza Strip for Ramallah following their first visit to the seaside strip.

Palestinian PM, Haniyeh discuss Gaza reconstruction

World Bulletin/News Desk

Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, now on a visit to the Gaza Strip, on Thursday met with the deputy chief of the Political Office of Palestinian faction Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh, to discuss the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip, a leader of the movement said.

"The meeting focused on preparations for and mechanisms of the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip as well as reopening Gaza's crossings to ease the entry of construction materials into it," Essam al-Daalis was quoted by the pro-Hamas Al-Rai news agency as saying.

Hamdallah and the ministers of the Palestinian national unity government paid their first meeting to the Gaza Strip since the formation of the government in June.

Al-Daalis said Hamdallah's meeting with Haniyeh also discussed means of pursuing Palestinian reconciliation to the end and finding solutions to workers employed by the former Hamas government in the Gaza Strip.

He said meeting figures had reached positive results that would contribute to boosting the work of the national unity government, especially as far as the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip is concerned.

The national unity government was formed in June following an April reconciliation deal between rival movements Hamas and Fatah.

The national unity government was formed in June following an April reconciliation deal between rival movements Hamas and Fatah.

Ever since Hamas swept 2006 Palestinian legislative polls, Israel has maintained a tight land-and-sea blockade on the coastal strip.

Israel tightened the blockade further after Hamas wrested control of the enclave from Fatah in 2007.

Thursday's government visit comes three days before an international conference on Gaza reconstruction kicks off in Egypt.

The conference comes in the wake of a 51-day Israeli military onslaught on Gaza that killed more than 2,150 Palestinians and injured nearly 11,000 others.

"The unity government will return to Gaza following a donor conference – slated for Sunday in Cairo – to oversee the reconstruction [of the strip]," Hamdallah said in statements ahead of his departure.

"What we have seen [in terms of destruction in Gaza] was upsetting… it requires us to immediately start rebuilding what has been destroyed by Israel's war machine," he said.

The offensive, which finally ended with an August 26 cease-fire deal, damaged or destroyed thousands of residential buildings in Gaza and vast swathes of the territory's infrastructure.

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