Challenges impede war-ravaged Gaza’s reconstruction efforts

Challenges impede war-ravaged Gaza’s reconstruction efforts

Palestinian officials last week said it would cost some $150m to rebuild the already impoverished enclave [Ahmed Jadallah/Reuters]

From closure of key crossings to political schisms, challenges persist in bid to rebuild Gaza’s wrecked infrastructure.

Suzan Matar watched the building that housed her eight-year-old business crumble live on television. It was one of the several landmark structures targeted by Israeli fighter jets during its 11-day assault on the besieged Gaza Strip.

The nine-floor al-Johara Tower in the heart of Gaza City was struck by several missiles on May 12. It housed Matar’s law firm, which was previously an apartment owned by her father. The 34-year-old was at home watching the news when she found out the building was targeted.

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