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UAE chalks out plans for rebuilding Jenin

posted on 27/08/2002: 727 views

UAE chalks out plans for rebuilding Jenin

The UAE will provide enough funds to rebuild houses and the infrastructure in the Palestinian camp of Jenin, which was destroyed by Israeli forces when they invaded the West Bank under the subterfuge of fighting terrorism. Reconstruction plans, to be carried out with the assistance of the United Nations, were outlined yesterday in the Hilal bulletin of the UAE Red Crescent Society, whose Chairman Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, signed the reconstruction agreement with the UNRWA (United Nations Relief Works Agency) last month.

Under the agreement, the UAE pledged to provide around US$27 million to finance the reconstruction project to become the biggest Arab aid donor to the Palestinian people since the second Intifada erupted in September 2000.

"The project aims to ease the suffering of Jenin's residents and provide better living conditions for them with a special emphasis on the Palestinian families who were directly affected by the Israeli invasion and massacres," the bulletin said.

"It will include new houses, renovation of damaged houses and reconstruction of the infrastructure facilities such as water, electricity, roads, health and social centres, schools, mosques, kindergartens and public places."

The report said the project will be completed in two years after it is launched following the signing of the agreement between Sheikh Hamdan and Peter Hansen, Commissioner General of the UNRWA. A committee is to be created from the Red Crescent Society, the UNRWA and the Palestinian National Authority to oversee the implementation of the project.

Hansen expressed strong appreciation for President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan for his gesture to rebuild Jenin, where Israel was reported to have perpetrated a massacre during its month-long onslaught against the Palestinian people in the West Bank. "His Highness is known for his quick generous gestures and humanitarian stands towards others. We do appreciate this gesture, which is extremely important in supporting the Palestinian people and our efforts to help them," he said.

According to the bulletin, the Red Crescent has channelled nearly Dh285 million in financial assistance to the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip since September 2000. Around Dh148 million were provided in the first half of this year. (The Gulf News)


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