The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) said it needed $720 million for repairing over 96,000 Palestine refugee family homes that were damaged or destroyed last summer.
“To date, UNRWA has received only $135 million in pledges, leaving a shortfall of $585 million,” the relief agency said in a statement.
“While some funds remain available to begin the reconstruction of totally destroyed homes, UNRWA has exhausted all funding to support repairs and rental subsidies,” the statement reads.
Operation Protective Edge, which Israel launched on July 7, resulted in the deaths of over 2,100 Palestinians, mostly civilians, and 71 Israelis, according to UN estimates. Most of the local infrastructure was destroyed in the operation.
During an October conference in Cairo, international donors pledged $5.4 billion for the reconstruction of Gaza after devastating Israeli air raids.