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Palestinian Minister: Gaza needs immediate relief and an international partnership to address Israel's aggression

Palestinian Minister of Social Development Ahmed Majdalani said that the Gaza Strip needs immediate relief and reconstruction programs, and put pressure on the Israeli occupation to lift the blockade, with an emphasis on changing the previous mechanism of reconstruction that was hindered by the occupation measures.

Majdalani stressed - according to the Palestinian News Agency "Wafa" - the importance of strengthening partnership with various international, Arab and local partners, for reconstruction that needs close coordination and cooperation between all parties, as the Gaza Strip needs a development program that creates jobs and restart the pace of the economy.

This came during the Palestinian Minister of Social Development presiding over the periodic meeting of the Social Protection Sector team, which was held via Zoom technology, to discuss ways of cooperation to relieve the affected families in the Gaza Strip, and reconstruction after the cessation of the Israeli aggression, which lasted for eleven days, in the presence of all partners of the protection sector. Social Affairs, the European Union, UNICEF, representatives of the World Bank, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), civil society institutions, the private sector, in addition to the partner ministries, and the meeting also comes in light of the difficult conditions left by the recent aggression on the Gaza Strip.

He pointed out that the aggression is behind war crimes and crimes against humanity, the victims of which were 253 martyrs. 75 children, 39 women, 17 elderly people, and 5 people with disabilities, and the number of wounded has reached 1948; They include 610 children, 398 women, and 940 men.

In terms of buildings, the occupation demolished 2,075 residential buildings, in addition to destroying infrastructure, industrial, commercial, agricultural and service facilities and government headquarters, as the Ministry of Social Development building and its stores in Gaza were subjected to brutal bombing, which led to severe damage that made it unfit for use.