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Arab foreign ministers to visit Gaza in solidarity

Palestinian men inspect destroyed buildings in part of Gaza City's al-Toufah neighborhood as the fragile ceasefire in the Gaza Strip entered a second day August 6, 2014. (AFP Photo/Mahmoud Hams)

CAIRO: A delegation of Arab foreign ministers, including those from Egypt and Jordan, will visit Gaza "soon" in a show of support for Palestinians, Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi said Wednesday.

The ministers will also assess reconstruction needs in the battered enclave after a nearly month-long war between Israel and Hamas, Arabi added. "

An Arab ministerial delegation will go to Gaza soon in solidarity," he told reporters.

The delegation, which is expected to expand, so far includes the foreign ministers of Egypt, Kuwait, Jordan and Morocco, as well as Arabi himself.

A 72-hour cease-fire took hold Tuesday in the conflict, which is expected to cost the territory up to $6 billion in damage, said Palestinian deputy economy minister Taysir Amro in Ramallah.

A more precise assessment would be carried out once calm returns permanently to the overpopulated sliver of territory where more than 1,875 people were killed and nearly half a million displaced, he said.

 

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