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UN envoy: Hamas tunnel threat not helping Gaza rebuild, by Joshua Davidovich (TOI)

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Feb. 17, 2016

Nikolay Mladenov makes comments while touring hard hit parts of Gaza City, says only one-third of international pledges have come through

The UN Mideast envoy says threats by Hamas to continue building tunnels into Israel do “not help” reconstruction efforts in war-battered Gaza Strip.

Ruins of a building that was destroyed in the 2014 Gaza war, in Gaza City, on February 16, 2016. (AFP / MOHAMMED ABED)

Ruins of a building that was destroyed in the 2014 Gaza war, in Gaza City, on February 16, 2016. (AFP / MOHAMMED ABED)

Nikolay Mladenov’s remarks come while touring Shejaiyah, one of the hardest hit areas in the 2014 war between Hamas and Israel.

Hamas officials have pledged to continue building tunnels along the Israeli border, even after recent collapses killed at least 10 Hamas fighters. Israel views the tunnels as a top threat.

Reconstruction in Gaza has been sluggish. Mladenov says only a third of funds pledged by international donors has been received.

— AP

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