GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Ministry of Civil Affairs announced on Monday that approximately 15,000 families whose homes were destroyed during last summer’s Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip are to receive financial support for a year.
The ministry’s Gaza undersecretary, Yousef Ibrahim, said the project was being financed by international donors and would provide home owners with 1,000 ($250) to 1,500 ($378) shekels per month.
Ibrahim said the project was first presented two months ago, when Minister of Civil Affairs Shawki al-Ayasa made his second visit to Gaza.
According to Ibrahim, up to 15,000 families, whose homes were completely destroyed during the Israeli offensive, will benefit from the project.
According to United Nations Refugee and Works Agency (UNRWA), over 96,000 Palestine refugee family homes were damaged or destroyed during the conflict and $720 million is required to address this need.
As of January, UNRWA had only received $135 million in pledges, and the agency expressed concern that if they could not continue “to provide rental subsidies, large numbers may return to the collective centers, where almost 12,000 displaced Palestinians continue to seek shelter.”
Large swathes of the Gaza Strip remain in ruin following the 50-day Israeli assault last summer, which killed more than 2,300 Gazans and left more than 100,000 displaced.