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UN and Arab League appeal for funds to rebuild war-torn Gaza

February 6, 2015

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations and the Arab League are urgently appealing to donors to honor their funding commitments to rebuild the war-ravaged Gaza Strip.

A statement Friday from U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Arab League Secretary-General Nabil Elaraby expressed “deep concern” at the situation in Gaza, saying the pace of reconstruction remains slow and it’s crucial to expand efforts now “to bring hope to the people of Gaza and ensure stability.”

They said donors should also include funding for U.N. agencies to prevent further deterioration in the already dire humanitarian situation.

Donors at an international conference in Cairo on Oct. 12 promised $2.7 billion to rebuild Gaza following the war last summer between Israel and Hamas.

The Palestinians have complained about the failure of donors to turn the pledges into contributions.

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