Palestinian official in charge of rebuilding Gaza resigns
Smoke billows from a Gaza City after an Israeli airstrike - AP
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RAMALLAH: A government spokesman says the top Palestinian official overseeing reconstruction of war-ravaged Gaza has submitted his resignation.

Deputy Prime Minister Mohammed Mustafa was not available for comment Tuesday on why he stepped down. It was not clear if Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas would accept the resignation of Mustafa, an experienced economist.

Mustafa had been put in charge of Gaza reconstruction, following a 50-day war last summer between Israel and Gaza’s ruling Hamas, an Islamic militant group and a bitter rival of Abbas.

The fighting destroyed or damaged thousands of homes. Reconstruction has sputtered, in large part because of continued political wrangling between Abbas and Hamas over who controls Gaza.

Ehab Bseiso, a spokesman for Abbas’ West Bank-based Palestinian Authority, says Mustafa resigned for personal reasons.

 

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