"Damages in Gaza (coming from the Israeli offensive) are projected to be between $290 and 380 million," Lynn Hastings, the deputy special coordinator for the Middle East process, told the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday. "Economic losses may reach over $200 million."
"The social sector was struck hardest, drastically reducing the safety net of the most vulnerable," she said in her briefing, a copy of which was supplied to MEMO.
"The immediate and short-term rehabilitation and reconstruction needs are anticipated to be between $345-485 million," the UN official continued.
Hastings stated that the United Nations and its allies are prepared to work with Israeli and Palestinian authorities, Egypt, Qatar, and other regional and international partners to conduct urgently required recovery and reconstruction activities.
"Electricity supply [for Gazans] is now around 14 hours per day, vital for Gaza and its citizens," she said after fuel was reintroduced to the Gaza power plant.
"It is critical that Israel implements extra measures to facilitate unrestricted access of all humanitarian aid, including materials to implement the 2021 Humanitarian Response Plan," Hastings told the Security Council.
She asserted, "Without regular and predictable entry of goods into Gaza, the capacity of the UN and our partners to deliver critical interventions is at risk, as are the provision of basic services, the livelihoods of people and the wider Gaza economy."
Meanwhile, she said, "Israel should ease restrictions on the movement of goods and people to and from Gaza, in line with UN Security Council Resolution 1860 (2009), with the goal of ultimately lifting them."
She concluded, "While urgent humanitarian interventions can provide crucial relief in the short-term, any sustainable future in Gaza requires political solutions."