US Pledges $212m to help rebuild Gaza

The US has pledged $212 million in new aid to help rebuild Gaza at a donor conference in Cairo, Egypt.

Speaking at the conference, John Kerry, US Secretary of State said that with winter approaching, the thousands of Palestinians displaced from their homes needed urgent help.

“The people of Gaza do need our help desperately, not tomorrow, not next week, but they need it now,” he said at the conference.

The Palestinian Authority is appealing for a total of $4bn to rebuild Gaza after the 50-day conflict between Israel and Hamas.

At least 100,000 Gazans lost their homes in the war and much of the territory’s infrastructure was damaged.

Earlier the Palestinian and Egyptian presidents called on Israel to commit to a long-term peace initiative.

They urged Israel to give up land seized in the 1967 war and accept a fair solution for Palestinian refugees in exchange for full recognition.

The seven-week Gaza conflict, which ended in a truce on 26 August, killed more than 2,100 Palestinians, most of them civilians, the UN says, along with 67 Israeli soldiers and six civilians in Israel.

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