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Rubble brings opportunity, and risk, in war-scarred Gaza


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The United Nations Development Program
Housing Ministry
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the United Nations
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the Housing Ministry
the Gaza Contractors’ Union
Abu Asaker


Naji Sarhan
Yvonne Helle
Ahmed Abu Asaker
Antar al-Katatni


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GAZA CITY
Gaza Strip
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Gaza’s Housing Ministry says the 11-day war in May left an additional 270,000 tons.The UNDP has worked on rubble recycling since Israel’s 2005 withdrawal from Gaza. Because of safety concerns, they are not allowed to crush the rubble into smaller aggregate that could be used in house construction.The trucks then return to Gaza City where the UNDP is funding a road project, providing a much-needed source of work in a territory with nearly 50% unemployment.The U.N. road projects have provided a partial solution for the rubble problem, but most of Gaza’s debris continues to make its way into the desperate private sector.Sarhan, the Housing Ministry official, said it is forbidden to use recycled rubble in major construction. But he said enforcing that ban is extremely difficult and much of the material is creeping back into the local construction markets.Ahmed Abu Asaker, an engineer from the Gaza Contractors’ Union, said many brick factories use the local aggregate, which he said is not a “great concern.” He said there have been a few isolated cases of it being mixed into concrete, which is far more dangerous.There have not been any reports of building collapses.

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