Head of the Palestinian Governmental Committee for the Reconstruction of Gaza, Naji Sarhan, said that the Palestinian government delegation to Cairo agreed with Egyptian officials on a number of important issues related to the reconstruction process and its acceleration in Gaza Strip.
Sarhan explained that one of the most important things that were agreed upon was the start of preparations for the construction of the first residential city within the Egyptian grant in the American region, west of the Al-Atatra neighborhood in Beit Lahia, in the northern Gaza Strip, after the completion of the necessary plans and designs.
He added that the reconstruction of Al-Rasheed Street, on which work began, almost two weeks ago, as well as the start of preparations for the construction of a bridge over the Shujaiya junction.
Sarhan said that the government delegation held a series of meetings with senior Egyptian officials. They agreed to operate the largest number of local contracting companies and to introduce all materials necessary for reconstruction from the Rafah land crossing, in order to ensure the operating of local factories of concrete, asphalt, etc., and to provide facilities for the movement of contractors and businessmen through Rafah crossing.
He expected that ” tenders for the development of Al-Rasheed Street will be launched within the current month, provided that the reconstruction of the street will be completed in less than six months.”
He indicated that the construction of the street will be ready through the Egyptian Committee for Reconstruction and the Ministry of Public Works and Housing.
With regard to the reconstruction of the residential towers, Sarhan explained that the Palestinian government delegation demanded that Egyptian officials start the process of reconstructing these towers, or at least that the Egyptian crews contributed to removing their rubble, noting that “the Egyptian brothers promised to put it among the priorities.”