Construction of 300 Residential Units to Rehouse Affected Palestinian Families in Rafah
There has been a need to reconstruct demolished homes of Palestinians who lost their houses due to Israeli incursions on the Gaza Strip. The project will contribute to reducing the suffering of about 300 families who are now without homes as their housing units have been totally destroyed. The project is designed to serve the non-refugee families who lost their houses during an IDF operation in Philadelphia corridor and thus became internally displaced since 2001.
The project, funded by the Saudi Committee in 2005, is located in Tal El Sultan neighbourhood in the city of Rafah. The project includes 300 housing units (average area 120 m2) in 126 buildings of maximum three floors, two schools, a mosque, sewage pumping station, water, sanitation, telephone, electricity and road networks. The units are 100% complete along with schools, utilities, and pumping station. The remaining works include the roads and the mosque.
The project will also contribute to relieving the impact of the crisis on deprived communities and localities by reducing the number of internally displaced people and providing urgently needed job opportunities to poor families and workers in these areas.
Accomplishments and Progress
Design of the project elements that include the 300 residential units, two secondary schools, a mosque, a water well, a sewage pumping station, and infrastructure works was completed except the electricity and telephone network
- Package 1: levelling works was finished and handed over
- Package 2: Construction of 37 housing units was finished and handed over
- Package 3: Construction of 36 housing units was finished and handed over
- Package 4: Construction of 39 housing units was finished and handed over
- Package 5: Construction of 74 housing units was finished and handed over
- Package 6A: Construction of 18 units was finished and handed over
- Package 6B: Construction of 22 units was finished and handed over
- Package 7: construction of school no.1 was finished and handed over
- Package 8: construction of school no.2 was finished and handed over
- Package 9: Construction of 40 housing units was finished and handed over
- Package10: construction of 36 housing units was finished and handed over
- Package11: Construction of infrastructure works was finished and handed over
- Package14: Construction of Sewage pump station was finished and handed over
Challenges and Contraints
The project was suspended in August 2007 due to the closure on Gaza and the absence of construction materials, but was then reactivated in January 2011. Lack of construction materials due to access restrictions is hindering the completion of the project.