August 19, 2014

How Many Tons of Cement to Rebuild Gaza?

David Kenner, Foreign Policy

The Associated Press

The importation of building materials to rebuild Gaza's tens of thousands of destroyed homes is one of the most potentially fraught issues. Hamas used large quantities of cement, allegedly smuggled in across the border with Egypt during the presidencies of Hosni Mubarak and Mohamed Morsi, to build its extensive tunnel network, which posed one of the most deadly threats to Israel during the current war. For that reason, Jerusalem has only allowed U.N. agencies to import cement -- and it is going to be loath to ease restrictions on construction materials that could be used by the Palestinian Islamist group to rebuild its tunnel network.

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TAGGED: Israel, Gaza, Middle East, Palestine, Hamas

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