Donor conference on Gaza reconstruction held in Oct.: Shoukry
Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry - YOUM7
By THE CAIRO POST

CAIRO: A donor Conference for Gaza reconstruction will be held in Cairo in October, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said in a statement Wednesday.

The conference will be co-hosted by Egypt and Norway to discuss ways of funding Gaza reconstruction after it got destroyed during the conflict between Palestine and Israel in early July. The conference will take place in condition that both sides reach a permanent ceasefire agreement, according to a statement issued by the Foreign Ministry of Norway in Aug.

Egypt succeeded, with U.S. efforts, to get both sides to agree on a month-long ceasefire agreement that came into force on Tuesday evening at 19:00 p.m. Egyptian local time, Sameh Soukry said Tuesday.

Foreign Ministry of Norway Børge Brende praised the ceasefire agreement, describing it as “encouraging;” “I would like to commend Egypt for its efforts, which have led to the ceasefire agreement. It is now imperative that all parties comply with the agreement and refrain from further acts of violence.”

“Egypt and Norway are planning, together with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, to convene an international donor conference in Cairo,” he added in a statement Tuesday evening.

Brende conditions to hold the conference is for a formation of a unity between the Palestinian government, led by the President Abbas, to have authority over the West Bank and Gaza. However, the Palestinian factions announced in April forming a unity government and Ramy al-Hamdallah was hired by Abbas to form the new government.

A total of 2,137 Palestinians were killed and 11,100 were injured during the conflict, Palestinian Health Ministry spokesperson Ashraf al-Qedra said Tuesday. In that same period, 68 Israelis have been killed; four of them civilians and the rest soldiers, AFP reported.

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