After the end of Operation Protective Edge in 2014, agreements were formulated between the United Nations, the Palestinian Authority and Israel to develop "a mechanism for rehabilitation and supervision of the Gaza Strip". This was established to allow construction materials to cross into the Gaza Strip for reconstruction and to develop public projects in a variety of sectors.

Since the establishment of the Gaza Reconstruction Mechanism (GRM), over 6.5 million tons of construction materials have entered into the Gaza Strip. These building materials have helped the development of the construction sector in the Gaza Strip, where more than 100,000 housing units have been refurbished or renovated, and another 10,000 new units are currently in various stages of construction.

At the same time, the GRM has brought about the construction of public projects in sectors such as health, infrastructure, education, economy and more. These projects include the construction of the residential neighborhood, "Sheikh Hamad" in Khan Yunis, paving and repairing roads, creating desalination plants and wastewater treatment plants, constructing of new hospitals, community centers, stadiums, schools, and much more.

As of today, approximately 189 public projects have been completed and another 475 are in various stages of progress.

Due to Hamas' control of the Gaza Strip, which openly declares that its purpose is to harm Israel's security, the GRM is a calculated risk. Hamas often attempts to steal the cement that enters the Gaza Strip in order to construct terror tunnels, rather than reconstruct civilian housing and facilities. In order to thwart such acts attempted by Hamas operatives, Israeli aid initiatives are working closely with Israeli security officials and the United Nations to supervise the construction materials and ensure they reach their intended destination.

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