A Palestinian woman and her son salvage what they can of their belongings from the rubble of their family destroyed apartment in a building hit by an Israeli strike in Beit Lahiya, the northern Gaza Strip, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
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Reconstruction in Gaza, where heavy Israeli bombardment in its war with Hamas has caused widespread devastation and displaced half a million people, will cost at least $6 billion, the Palestinian deputy prime minister says.In 2009, only a fraction of the nearly $5 billion in funds promised at an international conference after a three-week war between Israel and Hamas actually arrived in the battered enclave.Eighty percent of the population has had electricity for only four hours since Gaza's only power plant was disabled by two Israeli missiles that struck the fuel tanks.Citing concerns that Hamas would use reconstruction material to rebuild its military capabilities, Israel clamped severe limits on cement and steel imports into Gaza as part of a security blockade of the coastal enclave.In April, Hamas – which took over the running of the Gaza Strip in a brief civil war in 2007 – and Abbas' Palestine Liberation Organization signed a reconciliation deal that led to the formation of a unity government of technocrats.
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