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Gaza needs 120,000 new housing units urgently

A woman holds a baby near a destroyed house after Israeli airstrikes hit Abu Hadayids' home in Rafah, Gaza on November 13, 2019 [Ali Jadallah / Anadolu Agency]
A woman holds a baby near a destroyed house after Israeli airstrikes hit Abu Hadayids' home in Rafah, Gaza on 13 November 2019 [Ali Jadallah / Anadolu Agency]

The Palestinians in the Gaza Strip need 120,000 new housing units as a matter of urgency, Deputy Housing Minister in the enclave Naji Sarhan revealed on Sunday. This is in addition to the urgent need for tens of thousands of dilapidated homes to be renovated to meet basic housing standards.

Sarhan made his comments at a press conference in Gaza. He pointed out that the territory needs 14,000 new housing units each year in order to keep pace with the natural rise in the population.

The statistics, he revealed, were produced after a joint survey by his ministry and the Ministry of Social Affairs during the second half of 2019. At least 7,000 housing units need to be completely rebuilt, the official added, because they are in such bad condition.

In closing, the Deputy Minister said that 3,000 families have been referred to the UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS) to be added to its list of needy people requiring funds to renovate their homes when there are sufficient funds to do so.

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