Supported by several Arab and European organisations, the Ministry of Public Works and Housing has revealed that it has made a number of improvements to the facilities at the Gaza Strip's main port. The port is used mainly by fishermen at the moment due to the Israeli siege of Gaza, which includes a maritime blockade.
The breakwater protecting the harbour has been strengthened and almost fifty lock-up storage and work rooms have been opened for use by the fishing crews. These replace poorly-equipped sheds which have been in use for years. Better lighting for the whole port has also been installed.
Work is ongoing on the development of a public garden around the memorial built in memory of the humanitarian volunteers killed by the Israelis on board the Freedom Flotilla heading for Gaza in May 2010.
MEMO Photographer: Mohammed Asad