As reconstruction stalls, aid groups say world must alter Gaza approach and lift blockade

April 13, 2015 12:03 AM

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JERUSALEM – A coalition of international aid groups says the world must change its approach to war-ravaged Gaza, including by demanding a lifting of the blockade of the Hamas-ruled territory.

The Association of International Development Agencies (AIDA) said Monday that reconstruction of thousands of homes and businesses destroyed in last summer's Israel-Hamas war has barely begun and that donor countries have so far only released one-fourth of $3.5 billion in promised aid.

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