Gaza residents build environmentally sound homes under Israel’s blockade

By Allyn Gaestel

6 January 2010 [MediaGlobal]: A year after the January 2009 conflict between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza strip, local residents still face steep impediments to development. With much of the infrastructure in shambles, many residents live in tents on their land as sanctions and a blockade on the Gaza strip dating to 2006 have prohibited the importation of construction materials necessary to rebuild homes and other structures. However, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) has found a viable solution to the pressing limitations by building structures from compressed earth block (CEB) in order to meet the housing needs of displaced citizens…Read full article