A new neighborhood in Khan Yunis in the south of the Gaza Strip was inaugurated on Saturday morning as the second phase of the Hamed City project, funded by Qatar, which includes 1,060 homes.
The ceremony was attended by senior Palestinian official and former Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh. He told the crowd that the Emir of Qatar, Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, will transfer an additional $100 million to help rebuild the strip. A quarter of that sum will be dedicated to building a hospital in Rafah. A tenth of the total sum is earmarked for erecting a hospital for special-needs patients in Gaza City.
Addressing the electricity crisis in the strip, Haniyeh said that the Qatari emir will donate $30 million to establish electricity infrastructure. This is in addition to the $12 million that he has already pledged over the next three months to be used to buy fuel for Gaza's power station. Haniyeh stated that Turkey was also helping with the crisis.
The Hamed City project involves the construction of a new neighborhood in Khan Yunis that will include two schools, a mosque and parks. Its first phase began a year ago.