Gaza's Next Disaster: No Cement for Rebuilding

July 23, 2014 9:55 PM

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To rebuild after its war with Israel, Gaza is going to need tons of cement. But Hamas has a history of using cement for military rather than civilian purposes, and importation of the vital building material is likely to be even more tightly controlled once hostilities end than it has been in the past. So big swaths of Gaza that have been devastated by Israeli bombardment will likely not be rebuilt for many years to come.

Troops of the Israel Defense Forces have been surprised by the number and sophistication of tunnels discovered during their ground incursion, considering that Israel and (sometimes) Egypt have gone to great lengths to prevent Hamas engineers from getting their hands on material for building tunnels....

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