Gaza urgently needs 120,000 new housing units

Jan 06,2020

During the past decades, Israel destroyed more than 100,000 housing units in Gaza.

Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are in an urgent need for 120,000 new housing units, Deputy Housing Minister in the coastal enclave Naji Sarhan revealed on Sunday.

This is in addition to the urgent need for tens of thousands of dilapidated homes to be renovated to meet basic housing standards.

Sarhan made his comments at a press conference in Gaza. He pointed out that the territory needs 14,000 new housing units each year in order to keep pace with the natural rise in the population.

The statistics, he revealed, were produced after a joint survey by his ministry and the Ministry of Social Affairs during the second half of 2019.

At least, 7,000 housing units need to be completely rebuilt, the official added, because they are in such bad condition.

The Deputy Minister said that 3,000 families have been referred to the UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS) to be added to its list of needy people requiring funds to renovate their homes when there are sufficient funds to do so.

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