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West Bank Damages Put at $361 Million

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West Bank Damages Put at $361 Million

 

By JOEL GREENBERG

 

 

JERUSALEM, May 15 — Israel's recent military offensive in the West Bank caused physical damage estimated at $361 million, according to an assessment issued here today by international donors who are mobilizing to finance reconstruction. By comparison, the first 15 months of Israeli-Palestinian fighting, which erupted in September 2000, caused an estimated $305 million in damage.

 

 

The damage assessment was carried out by the World Bank, United Nations agencies, the European Union, the United States Agency for International Development, and officials from Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands and Norway, in cooperation with the Palestinian Authority.

 

It was the first attempt to quantify the damage caused by the Israeli military campaign against six cities and other towns and villages in the West Bank, which began on March 29 in Ramallah and ended last Friday with a pullout from Bethlehem. The estimate does not cover losses of income, which are far greater.

 

According to the donors' estimate, private businesses took the heaviest losses, suffering $97 million in damage, of which $50 million was harm to buildings and equipment and loss of inventory.

 

Damage to roads was estimated at $64 million, housing at $66 million and cultural heritage sites at $48 million.

 

The Nablus area was the hardest hit, with repair costs there estimated at $114 million. Losses in Jenin were put at $83 million; damage to housing in the Jenin refugee camp was put at $27 million, and 800 families there were left homeless, the donors said.

 

In Ramallah, the seat of Palestinian government, ministries were ransacked, with computers and office equipment destroyed. Replacement and repair costs were estimated at $9.5 million, with total damages in the city put at $51 million, including 350 cars wrecked.

 

Donors have already promised initial aid of $150 million for urgent repairs, and the bulk of the damage could be fixed within a year, said Nigel Roberts, director of the World Bank office for the West Bank and Gaza Strip. He added that the aid would have to come entirely from foreign contributions, because the Palestinian Authority is "effectively bankrupt."

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Guest Are2

yeah, but what's the total in west bank damages..

 

...throughout history?

 

measured in buckets of blood

dead babies

and unsuccessful leaders...

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yeah like im gonna donate to that, withing 2 months ill watch my money be blown away.

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yeah, two bad the palestiniens dont get financial and military backing from the biggest human rights violator in the world......the united states of (hypocritic) america...

 

face the facts....if you had nothing and your homeland was under siege..would you really have a problem blowing your self up to inflict suffering on those who inflict it on you.

 

and second..

Rabin and Arafat solved this shit allready, back in 93, and some dumbfuck radical ISRAELI assinated the leader who had negotiated a peace settlement...

btw...

anybody see that clip where a Palestinien and his son are shot dead when they are unarmed by Israeli soldiers.

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glass etch give me a break

if anything there is equal responsibility

palestinians far from saints and even if their original intentions were somewhat justified a lot of time has passed

 

do you know what the prisoner's dilemma is?

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Guest platapie

you might be able to buy the country for that much.

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