TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The United Nations said that a program to reconstruct the Gaza Strip after the 50-day war with Israel has begun. Middle East Peace Process Coordinator Robert Serry, said that the program started on Monday, November 3, 2014, with the sale of construction materials to 700 Gaza residents whose homes were damaged.
"At least 60,000 Gaza residences need to be repaired immediately," said Serry, as quoted by Haaretz, Tuesday, November 4, 2014.
Serry estimated that as much as US$6 billion will be required to repair the damages in Gaza .
Hamas Senior Official Mahmoud al-Zahar, criticized Israel on their action of delaying the delivery of building materials to Gaza. He warned that if the reconstruction process is hindered, the situation in Gaza will "heat up" again.
UN officials said that the delay was caused by technical issues.
RINDU P. HESTYA | HAREETZ