Egypt will host a donors conference on the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip on October 12 in Cairo, the Egyptian foreign minister said on Tuesday, according to Reuters.
The announcement carried on the state news agency came after Norway's foreign minister held talks with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on the issue, the report noted.
Earlier on Tuesday, the United Nations (UN) and Palestinian Authority (PA) called for international donors to supply $550 million to Gaza, despite the fact that its Hamas rulers have already restarted construction on its terror tunnels to attack Israel.
The appeal seeks to repair damage caused in the 50-day Operation Protective Edge, which started in July after Hamas launched a rocket war on the Jewish state.
"The scope of damage and devastation is unprecedented in the Gaza Strip," said UN Humanitarian Coordinator James Rawley in a statement. "The crisis is far from over."
Rawley and PA Deputy Prime Minister Mohammed Mustafa said $551 million was needed for food, clean water, healthcare and education. They did not outline what type of supervision - if any - would prevent the Hamas terror government from using the funds for more nefarious causes.
However, Mustafa revealed that not all world countries are blithely ready to sink massive funds into the Hamas terrorist government.
"Some of the donating countries are worried about the condition on the ground; the reconstruction won't occur as long as the Palestinian Authority doesn't receive control over all aspects of life in the Gaza Strip," Mustafa said, according to AP.
Over 30 terror tunnels were destroyed by the IDF in the course of the operation, each costing millions of dollars and built with construction materials sent to Gaza for supposedly civilian projects.
It was revealed on Sunday by senior Israeli sources that Hamas has already restarted construction on the lethal terror tunnels and rockets, with leaders and residents of the Gaza Belt area saying the revelation required Israel to take military action, noting the threat to local security.
For several years now, the PA has been pressing the international community for funds, even as it has continued to provide huge monthly salaries to terrorists serving time in Israeli prisons while blaming Israel for the financial crisis.