India on 12 October 2014 pledged 4 million US dollar aid for reconstruction of Gaza Strip that was destroyed during the Palestine and Israel conflict which started in June 2014. The decision was announced by Sandeep Kumar, Joint Secretary of West Asia and North Africa, Ministry of External Affairs of India.
The decision was a part of National Early Recovery and Reconstruction Plan for Gaza presented by the Palestinian Authority at Cairo International conference. The Conference was co-organised by Egypt and Norway.
Besides, India also committed to assist Palestine under the India-Brazil-South Africa (IBSA) Fund in Palestine.
As part of the Plan, global donors pledged an aid of 5.4 billion US dollar to rebuild Gaza Strip. Aid announced by other countries for reconstruction of Gaza strip during the conference is as follows
• United States - 212 million US dollar
• European Union - 450 million euros
• Turkey - 200 million US dollar
• Qatar - 1 billion US dollar
Palestinian government will carry out the reconstruction plan with full responsibility and transparency in coordination with the UN, the donors, international financial institutions, civil society and the private sector.
The recent conflict between Israel and Gaza-based militant groups including Hamas killed many Palestinians & Israelis. The fight that started in June 2014 also destroyed the Gaza strip. The conflict was stopped after Egypt negotiated a ceasefire deal between the two parties.
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