Abbas asks for $ 4B at Gaza conference
L-R) Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Norway's Foreign Minister Borge Brende attend a Gaza reconstruction conference - REUTERS

CAIRO: Gaza needs $4 billion in aid for reconstruction after the 51-day war in July and August with Israel, said President Mahmoud Abbas in the Gaza Donor conference held in Cairo Sunday.

“The Gaza strip has been subjected to three wars in 6 years with grave damage; the number of the martyrs reached 3,760 people including 2,145 in the latest war. The number of the injured people hit 18,100 persons including 11,200 civilians in the latest war. More than 80,000 houses were destroyed including 16,800 in 2014 in the latest war… more than 90 families became not existed on civil population record anymore,” the Palestinian president continued.

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi called on Israel to end the conflict to start the peace process.

“I call upon the Israeli government and people saying that it is the time to end the conflict and establish the justice to let prosperity and peace prevail,” Sisi during his opening remarks for the conference, co-hosted by Egypt and Norway.

Sisi said Egypt would continue its support to the Palestinian people and enhance international efforts toward Gaza reconstruction and keep on the permanent truce in the strip, Sisi said.

Abbas who co-presided the conference with Sisi called for Gaza reconstruction in accordance with the plan framed by the Palestinian unity government.

Abbas also said that the Israeli confiscation of the lands in the West Bank deprives the Palestinian people from 60 percent of its profits whose cost reach 3 billion dollar annually.

The Israeli aggression is “unbearable without accountability and we continue coordination with Egypt to keep on the truce,” he added.

Abbas said the government’s will to help the private sector was “gravely harmed” by the conflict; he added that holding such  a conference affirms that “Gaza reconstruction is connected with the whole Palestinian economy and the strip with West Bank and the Eastern Jerusalem form a geographical unity aims to end the occupation.”

The conference was attended by 30 international leaders and 50 representatives from the international organizations, according to the Egyptian Foreign Ministry.

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