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State of Palestine: Recycled concrete from bombarded sites used to rebuild Gaza03:05

State of Palestine: Recycled concrete from bombarded sites used to rebuild Gaza

Palestinian Territory, Occupied, Gaza
September 27, 2018 at 11:26 GMT +00:00 · Published

Palestinians in Gaza found a way to recycle smashed concrete from bombarded sites and turn it into construction material in an effort to rebuild the coastal Gaza Strip, footage filmed on Thursday reveals.

Residents gather smashed concrete pieces and rubble left following the destruction caused by Israeli airstrikes and move them to a stone breaker that then turns the rubble into gravel and sequentially into bricks.

"The idea came to my mind after the 2000-2008 war due to the shortage in materials and the closure of crossings," factory owner Ibraheem Samara explains.

He went on to say that despite the lower quality of the material compared to imported gravel, it's still the best and cheapest way to deal with the Israeli-imposed blockade that has caused all shipments to freeze and has cut off access to various materials.

Hani Mostaha, a local who has seen his house turn to rubble explains how "the compensation of UNWRA [United Nations Relief and Works Agency] is not enough for the house and now we are homeless."

State of Palestine: Recycled concrete from bombarded sites used to rebuild Gaza03:05
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Palestinians in Gaza found a way to recycle smashed concrete from bombarded sites and turn it into construction material in an effort to rebuild the coastal Gaza Strip, footage filmed on Thursday reveals.

Residents gather smashed concrete pieces and rubble left following the destruction caused by Israeli airstrikes and move them to a stone breaker that then turns the rubble into gravel and sequentially into bricks.

"The idea came to my mind after the 2000-2008 war due to the shortage in materials and the closure of crossings," factory owner Ibraheem Samara explains.

He went on to say that despite the lower quality of the material compared to imported gravel, it's still the best and cheapest way to deal with the Israeli-imposed blockade that has caused all shipments to freeze and has cut off access to various materials.

Hani Mostaha, a local who has seen his house turn to rubble explains how "the compensation of UNWRA [United Nations Relief and Works Agency] is not enough for the house and now we are homeless."

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