Gaza, ALRAY - After his home was bombed by the Israeli occupation Air Force in the Israeli last aggression on the blockaded Gaza, Abu Muhammad al-Sharif moved from place to place in hope of having permanent house for his seven-member family.
Whenever Abu Muhammad get stabilized in a house, he was forced to leave it either due to the mistreatment of the neighbors, or because the rent goes up and couldn’t afford to pay the expenses.
“I work as a mechanic. What I make at the end of the month does not meet the needs of my family, especially I get 1000 shekels (roughly $250US) and I am responsible of two families,” Abu Muhammad told Alray.
After the suffering of moving from place to place and from one home to another, Abu Muhammad had stabilized with his two families in a small house that doesn’t meet their needs, but they wish their conditions to get changed.
Several Palestinian families of the besieged Palestinian city of Gaza are facing extremely dire humanitarian and economic conditions since 2006, especially after the recent Israeli offensive in Gaza.
Over 1000 homeless families
General Coordinator of the Palestinian Migrants Associations, Hassan al-Waly affirmed that the Gaza reconstruction is almost stopped due to the lack of finance and donations which is supposed to be provided by the donors. In addition to the lack of construction materials, especially cement, pointing out that many families are still living in rents and caravans because of that.
“Amid worsening the crisis of Gaza, over 7000 families have not received their monthly rent allowance from UNRWA for over five consecutive months and 3000 others have not also received their monthly rent allowance from UNDP,” al-Waly told Alray.
Al-Waly added that the families who live in caravans are facing very dramatic situations including depression and fear because of spreading rodents, insects, skin diseases, pressure disease, cancer, and rheumatism.
Approximately 950-1100 Palestinian families of the blockaded Gaza live in caravans amid difficult harsh conditions, al-Waly said.
He added that the Palestinian Migrants Associations (PMA) is communicating with the Palestinian Ministry of Housing and Public Works in Gaza in order to work on solving the Gazans problems of reconstruction.
In 2014, Israeli occupation launched its offensive against Gaza, which lasted from July 7 to August 26, killing over 2000 Palestinians, injuring more than 11000 others and damaging approximately 28366 housing units.
Lack of construction materials
The Palestinian Minister of Housing and Public Works, Mufeed Al-Hassayna confirmed that there has been a large deficit in the entry of construction materials into the Gaza strip, which increases the suffering of the families whose homes were destroyed in the Israeli recent aggression on Gaza.
Al-Hassayna called on the necessity of increasing the construction materials, which enter the blockaded Gaza Strip.
In regards to the reconstruction process, the Ministry of Housing and Public Works disbursed in collaboration with UNRWA and UNDP 75 million dollar as rent allowance for the families whose homes were completely destroyed besides the homes which severely damaged.
The Ministry of Housing and Public Works said that it disbursed 7 million dollars funded by Qatar as relief and shelter for the families whose homes were completely destroyed.
The ministry added that it funded in collaboration with the relative authorities 6,870 housing units out of 11,000 housing units, making a ratio of 62.5% of the homes, which were completely destroyed.
In collaboration with the relevant authorities, over 130,000 housing units, which were partially damaged, were repaired by 180 million dollars, making a ratio of 61% of the partially damaged homes.
Moreover, the ministry had finished removing the rubbles of the last Israeli aggression on Gaza, which amounted to 2 million ton.
Trnaslated by Haytham Sh. Hararah for ALRAY NEWS AGENCY