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PA, UN appeal for $547 million to address humanitarian needs in Palestine during 2017

 Palestinian Authority and United Nations officials presenting the Humanitarian Response Plan for 2017 in Bethlehem. Photo courtesy of the Ministry of Social Development. BETHLEHEM, December 19, 2016 (WAFA) – The Palestinian Authority (PA) and the United Nations (UN) Monday appealed for $547 million in funds in 2017 to meet humanitarian …

Quarrying leaves West Bank villagers on shaky ground

  (Kur village-Tulkarem- photo credit: Mahmoud Dar Awwad, 2 May 2014- Tejwal Safar to Kur). RAMALLAH, West Bank — The historic village of Kur, southeast of the city of Tulkarm, is known for its architectural heritage, including its domed buildings and castles, the oldest of which dates to the Mamluk era (1260-1516), while others were built by the Ottomans …

Palestinian Authority, European Union lay cornerstone of Dura Courthouse

  DURA, HEBRON, October 5, 2016 (WAFA) – The Palestinian Authority and the European Union (EU) laid on Tuesday the cornerstone of the new Dura courthouse in Hebron, according to an EU press release. The new 5000 square meters courthouse, which is part of a comprehensive program of support to …

Gaza needs new housing, but where will it build?

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Faced with rapid population growth and dwindling area for housing in the Gaza Strip’s urban centers, the Hamas government has been subsidizing housing investments and building housing projects in al-muharrarat, the former Israeli settlements evacuated during the unilateral Israeli disengagement from Gaza in 2005. The first project began in …

Rebuilding of Gaza's destroyed homes set to begin

GAZA CITY (AFP) — The rebuilding of thousands of homes destroyed by Israel in last summer’s Gaza war is to begin in the coming days, almost a year after the conflict began, the Palestinian housing minister said Wednesday.The July-August war in the besieged Gaza Strip destroyed or partially damaged tens …

UNRWA declares state of emergency in Gaza amid severe flooding

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The UN’s Palestine refugee agency UNRWA on Thursday evening declared a state of emergency in Gaza City amid massive rains that have shut down normal life in parts of the besieged coastal enclave’s largest city. A major storm over the past week has filled the streets of …