Saudi Arabia builds new houses in Gaza for Palestinians


Gaza — Saudi Arabia has built new houses in Gaza to support the Palestinian people, in collaboration with United Nations Development program (UNDP), benefiting approximately 13,195 Palestinian families, according to a picture tweeted by UNDP on Wednesday.

On February 13 this year, the UNDP announced that it signed agreements with 120 of the 275 people whose homes were to be renovated.

“As part of their continuous efforts to support the Palestinian people, and with the $10 million additional contribution from the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD), the UNDP signed today new agreements with 120 people, out of the 275, who will be benefiting from the repair and reconstruction of their homes that have been damaged following the Gaza 2014 hostilities,” the UNDP statement said.

“This brings the total SFD contribution to $71.5 million, benefiting approximately 13,195 families from the Gaza Strip.”

UNDP announced in January that 26 families would be the owners of new homes at al-Ameer Nayef bin Abdelaziz Saudi neighborhood in Beit Lahia, owing to funding from Saudi Arabia.

The Saudi funding was a major part of a project to reconstruct 100 housing units for Palestinian families.

In the early April 2018, United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) and the UNDP signed an agreement with the SFD for $10 million to cover house reconstruction and rehabilitation works in the Gaza Strip.

According to the UNDP, this new contribution was to cover more than 200 totally damaged houses for Palestinian non-refugees.

The unparralled efforts of Saudi Arabia towards the Palestinians go with the figures—11,913 partial, 389 severe, and 282 totally damaged homes were rebuilt through the Saudi Fund for Development. Also Saudi Government made rehabilitation and furnishing of five playgrounds, one cultural center, and three non-governmental schools.

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