Israeli attack on Jenin caused infrastructure losses estimated at $20m

Israeli aggression
Visible signs of damage at Jenin refugee camp, following recent Israeli aggression. (Photo: Twitter)
The rubble removal work caused by the Israeli aggression on the city of Jenin and its camp last week has been completed, according to the Palestinian Authority’s statement on Tuesday, which reported an estimated infrastructure loss of around $20 million.اضافة اعلان

The Palestinian Ministry of Public Works and Housing stated that eight vehicles belonging to the ministry have been working since the end of the aggression over a period of seven days to "remove the rubble and traces left by the aggression in the camp's streets."

Israeli aggression resulted in the "destruction of roads extending for 5km," according to the ministry, which indicated that "crews will begin demolishing buildings at risk of collapsing after completing the assessment of homes."

Damage assessment and expected losses
Preliminary statistics indicate that five houses need to be completely demolished, and the number is expected to increase as the damage assessment process continues, as stated by the ministry.

The extent of the damage to the infrastructure in Jenin is "very large," and the initial estimates of the losses "range from $18–20 million," as the aggression caused losses in private and public buildings exceeding $12 million, and $3.5 million in the road network, according to the ministry.

Additionally, the destruction in the infrastructure and water sector amounted to approximately $3 million.

Reconstruction efforts and presidential visit
Abdul Majid Madnia, the head of the damage assessment committee and a member of the reconstruction committee in Jenin, stated that the assessment committee "submitted the first bid to the reconstruction committee with a preliminary cost of 10 million shekels for the rehabilitation of the camp's streets only."

Madnia confirmed that the assessment committee has started its work, with the work divided into five sectors consisting of several committees in cooperation between partner institutions, various ministries, popular committees in the camp, and the Jenin Municipality.

He mentioned that "the damages will be assessed as quickly as possible to begin reconstruction under the directives of President Mahmoud Abbas."

On Wednesday, Abbas will visit the city of Jenin and its camp to observe the conditions of the Palestinians and the progress of the reconstruction work in the camp and the city after the recent Israeli aggression, according to the Palestinian news agency, WAFA.

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