Saudi Arabia opens housing project in Gaza

February 05, 2013 - 9:40:01 am
GAZA CITY: A Saudi delegation on Monday opened the biggest housing project in the Gaza Strip and pledged further funding to support Palestinian refugees. 
Saudi Arabia financed the 752-home neighborhood in Rafah for families whose homes were destroyed by the Israeli army, reported the Palestinian news agency Maan.
The delegation, headed by vice-chairman of the Saudi Development Fund Yousef al-Bassam, pledged a further $34 million to restore 7,000 homes and $54 million to build 1,100 homes and six schools as part of a program by the Gulf Cooperation Council.
The building of the Rafah neighborhood was overseen by UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees. The project was launched in 2005 but was delayed for several years by Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip. (QNA)