$5.4B pledged to rebuild Gaza at donors conference: Norway
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
By AYA SAMIR

CAIRO: The Norwegian Foreign Ministry said Sunday the international donors conference for Gaza it co-hosted with Egypt in Cairo raised $5.4 billion in donations.

Norway in a statement said the amount was a “solid result that demonstrates massive international support for the Palestinian people,” and called it a sign that the whole world stands to support Palestine “so they can rebuild.”

During his speech at the Sunday conference, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said his country would need almost $4 billion for its reconstruction following a summer war with Israel.

The Norwegian statement said the war killed 2,200 people and ruined 80,000 homes, and that 90 countries participated in the donors conference. It also added Norway will increase its assistance given to Palestine to 885 million Norwegian krone ($136.32 million) in 2014.

Other countries pledging large amounts included Qatar with $1 billion, Kuwait with $200 million, the United Arab Emirates with $220 million and Saudi Arabia with $500 million. The European Union pledged 450 million euro ($568 million).

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

Additional reporting by Samar Samir.

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