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Palestinian, Israeli officials to discuss Gaza reconstruction

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Israeli and Palestinian officials are scheduled to meet Thursday to agree on mechanisms for rebuilding the Gaza Strip after Israel’s devastating military offensive. Discussion points from the meeting will be submitted to an upcoming donor conference in Cairo, the Palestinian Authority’s Media Center said.

Robert Serry, the United Nations special envoy for the Middle East peace process, will attend the meeting and Hussein al-Sheikh will represent the PA. The meeting will follow up on a discussion on Tuesday between Israel’s Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories and Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, Deputy PM Muhammad Mustafa, Hussein al-Sheikh and other Palestinian officials.

An international donor conference will be hosted in Cairo on Oct. 12 to discuss the reconstruction of Gaza. The July-August Israeli operation in Gaza killed at least 2,100 Palestinians, and the UN said it made some 100,000 people homeless in the long term.

The cost for full reconstruction of homes and infrastructure destroyed during the war is estimated at $7.8 billion by the Ramallah-based Palestinian Economic Council for Development and Reconstruction. MA’AN NEWS

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