Amr Moussa, Secretary General of the Arab League, who is currently visiting the Gaza Strip, has announced that the funds necessary for the reconstruction of Gaza's buildings and installation destroyed in the recent Israeli assault on the beleaguered Strip, are ready and waiting for the illegal blockade to be lifted.
Mr Moussa announced that the Arab League had decided to proceed to the implementation phase as soon as the siege was lifted, saying: "The spirit of the old university is over." He stressed that in the absence of valid reasoning for its continuation of the blockade, there was a growing worldwide determination to bring it to an end. He also highlighted the fact that the occupation has sought to downplay the devastating humanitarian impact of the siege by allowing the introduction of various non-essential materials into the sector.
Mr Moussa began his trip with a visit to the Semmouni family living in a neighbourhood south east of Gaza City. 31 members of the family, mostly women and children, were massacred during Operation Cast Lead. The family explained that they continued to suffer as their homes had been destroyed and they were yet unable to re-build due to stifling Israeli restrictions on the import of much needed construction materials. The family expressed their hopes that Mr Moussa and the Arab League would be able to provide them with help and assistance.
Mr Moussa and his accompanying delegation also visited the town of Jabalya in the northern Gaza Strip where he heard first hand accounts of the continued suffering experienced by its inhabitants. The entire region of Jabalya was destroyed during the war.
MEMO Photographer: Mohammed Asad