Reconstruction of Jenin Refugee Camp Phase II completed

ABU DHABI - The second phase of the reconstruction work on the Jenin Refugee Camp has been completed as work gathered momentum, moving at a quick pace to meet the September 30, 2004 deadline set for the total completion of the project.

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Published: Sun 4 Apr 2004, 12:00 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 12:55 PM

Mohammed Saleh Al Mulla, Deputy General Secretary for External Assistance at the UAE Red Crescent Society, RCS, sponsor of the project, said that reports reaching the RCS from its representative in Jerusalem, the Friends of the UAE Society, show that work on the project was moving according to plan and that the second phase of the project, has been completed at a total cost of $27 million.

The report said 2500 housing units have been either completed or renovated so far, allowing owners of the houses to move in to their houses which had been demolished or damaged by the Israeli army during the latter's deadly assault on the Camp in April 2001.

It said that work on 435 houses, which were totally destroyed during the sad incident, had begun, adding that a number of basic amenities projects, including schools, social centre, Mother and Child centre would be built along the major project to cater for the people.

The report said the RCS, in cooperation with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in Near East, UNRWA, which supervises the project, had bought a 15,000 square-metre plot of land near the camp, to be used in building more housing units to help decongest the camp.

Abdullah Al Mahmoud, RCS External Project Director, said that he expects the project to be fully completed by the end of September deadline.

He said so far $21 million out of the total $27 million being the total cost of the project, had been released, adding that the RCS had also rented 102 flats in Jenin township to provide accommodation for displaced families.

Fifty-eight families will move to their newly re-built houses at the Camp by the end of this month, he said.

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