Libyan charity to build Gaza homes


(JTA) — A Libyan charity announced a $50 million deal to build homes for refugees in Gaza.

The announcement Monday by the Gadhafi Foundation, run by the son of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, comes on the heels of the release of an Israeli national held in a Libyan prison for a deal reported to include permission to build the homes.

The charity said it signed an agreement with the United Nations Relief and Welfare Agency to rebuild 1,250 homes destroyed during the monthlong Gaza war that began in December 2008.

Israel reportedly agreed to allow necessary equipment into Gaza to allow the building. While the ban on allowing most products to enter Gaza has been lifted, some dual-use construction materials continue to be banned. 

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