GCC donates $15 million for refugees in Gaza

12 July 2011, Amman — On 8 July the GCC Gaza Reconstruction Committee (through its administrators the Islamic Development Bank) signed two agreements with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) providing US$ 8.3 million to assist families whose houses were destroyed during Operation Cast Lead and US$ 6.4 million for school construction.

A delegation from the IDB led by Mr El Mansour Feten, Director of Trust Funds Department, visited Jordan to sign the agreement with Mr Peter Ford, Representative of the UNRWA Commissioner-General.

The agreements will provide assistance to 194 families whose houses were destroyed in the war in Gaza in 2008-9, besides funding the construction of four schools.

Welcoming the agreement, Mr Filippo Grandi, Commissioner-General of UNRWA, said: “These latest agreements with the GCC represent the further development of the cooperation between UNRWA and the GCC Gaza Reconstruction Committee acting through the IDB. The GCC has proven that it is an invaluable partner to both the Agency and the refugees in Gaza that we serve. The GCC’s latest generous contribution will go a significant way towards relieving the hardship that the refugee families have had to endure and allows us to start building at least some of the much needed schools.”

The new agreements bring the total funding to UNRWA from the programme of the Gulf Cooperation Council for the reconstruction of Gaza to US$ 28 million. In 2009, following the destructive events of Operation Cast Lead, GCC members pledged US$ 1.6 billion for the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip.