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from honestreporting.com, Oct. 26, 2014

Ordinary Gazans are unable to rebuild their homes despite the approaching winter, thanks to factional feuding over reconstruction money and monitoring mechanisms. But isn’t it heartwarming that — somehow — Hamas has the wherewithal rebuild its radio station? TheNew York Times reports:

But the landscape is not completely stagnant: Outside the approved system, a dozen men were at work this week rebuilding the headquarters of Al Aqsa satellite channel, one of the Hamas-affiliated media network’s four sites struck by Israel this summer.

One worker was busy coating silver support beams to ward off rust. Others passed recycled rebar up several stories. They had already erected two cinder block walls and wood-framed a sloped roof in a project that began Oct. 8 and was expected to take three months . . .

Mr. Thuraya said United Nations agencies refused to include his buildings on the list for reconstruction because “they consider us a terrorist channel.” He would not specify beyond “private donors” who was financing the reconstruction of thefour-story, 5,400-square-foot studio and offices that were hit by Israeli bombs on July 29.

The project engineer said he paid $5,500 for 10 tons of cement, quintuple the regular price, because of scarcity caused by Israeli import restrictions and the closing of smuggling tunnels from Egypt.

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