Why is Gaza reconstruction so slow?

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Why is Gaza reconstruction so slow?

In the year since the 50-day conflict with Israel, which saw thousands of Gaza’s buildings reduced to rubble, not a single destroyed home has been rebuilt.

Israel and Egypt maintain tight border restrictions on the coastal enclave, which have severely hampered reconstruction efforts. They say these are needed for security.

Although the UN brokered a deal to ease building material imports, progress has been slow. Over 100,000 Palestinians remain homeless.

Since the Islamist group, Hamas, reinforced its power in Gaza in 2007, there have been three large-scale conflicts with its sworn enemy, Israel. But the 2014 war was the most deadly and devastating.

More than 2,200 Palestinians, mostly civilians, were killed, according to the UN. On the Israeli side, 67 soldiers and six civilians were killed.

Israel said its offensive was to stop Palestinian militants firing rockets at its population and to destroy a network of tunnels designed for attacks.

About 170,000 homes and 360 factories in Gaza were damaged or lost. Key infrastructure was also hit and thousand of acres of farmland were ruined. []

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