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Palestinian officials lay cornerstone for rebuilding Gaza high-rise destroyed in summer war

  • Ahmed Tanira 32, carries his child next to his wife Riham, as they stand in the rubble of Zafer 4 Tower, which was destroyed in the last summer's Israel-Hamas war, during cornerstone ceremony for rebuilding Zafer 4 Tower in Gaza, in the northern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. Palestinian officials have laid the cornerstone for the rebuilding of a residential high-rise flattened in last summer's war between the Islamic militant group Hamas and Israel. Wednesday's ceremony by Gaza's public works minister was a symbolic move to boost the spirits of the nearly 500 residents of Zafer 4 Tower, which was hit by two bombs from the air during fighting in August. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

    Ahmed Tanira 32, carries his child next to his wife Riham, as they stand in the rubble of Zafer 4 Tower, which was destroyed in the last summer's Israel-Hamas war, during cornerstone ceremony for rebuilding Zafer 4 Tower in Gaza, in the northern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. Palestinian officials have laid the cornerstone for the rebuilding of a residential high-rise flattened in last summer's war between the Islamic militant group Hamas and Israel. Wednesday's ceremony by Gaza's public works minister was a symbolic move to boost the spirits of the nearly 500 residents of Zafer 4 Tower, which was hit by two bombs from the air during fighting in August. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)  (The Associated Press)

  • A man holds the Palestinian national flag during a protest calling for reconstruction of houses which were destroyed during last summer's Israel-Hamas war, at fisherman's port in Gaza City, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

    A man holds the Palestinian national flag during a protest calling for reconstruction of houses which were destroyed during last summer's Israel-Hamas war, at fisherman's port in Gaza City, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)  (The Associated Press)

  • Yousef Nasr, 6, stands in the rubble of Zafer 4 Tower, which was destroyed in the last summer's Israel-Hamas war, during cornerstone ceremony for rebuilding Zafer 4 Tower in Gaza, in the northern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. Palestinian officials have laid the cornerstone for the rebuilding of a residential high-rise flattened in last summer's war between the Islamic militant group Hamas and Israel. Wednesday's ceremony by Gaza's public works minister was a symbolic move to boost the spirits of the nearly 500 residents of Zafer 4 Tower, which was hit by two bombs from the air during fighting in August. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

    Yousef Nasr, 6, stands in the rubble of Zafer 4 Tower, which was destroyed in the last summer's Israel-Hamas war, during cornerstone ceremony for rebuilding Zafer 4 Tower in Gaza, in the northern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. Palestinian officials have laid the cornerstone for the rebuilding of a residential high-rise flattened in last summer's war between the Islamic militant group Hamas and Israel. Wednesday's ceremony by Gaza's public works minister was a symbolic move to boost the spirits of the nearly 500 residents of Zafer 4 Tower, which was hit by two bombs from the air during fighting in August. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)  (The Associated Press)

Palestinian officials have laid the cornerstone for the rebuilding of a residential high-rise flattened in last summer's war between the Islamic militant group Hamas and Israel.

Wednesday's ceremony by Gaza's public works minister was a symbolic move to boost the spirits of the nearly 500 residents of Zafer 4 Tower, which was hit by two bombs from the air during fighting in August.

The high-rise was evacuated after Israeli warnings and before it was destroyed.

Officials and residents of the building gathered in a tent set up for the ceremony, next to the remainder of the debris of the 11-story building.

The project was paid for by Qatar Charity, which raised $3.5 million.

Hundreds of buildings were damaged in the 50-day war, which killed about 2,200 Palestinians and 72 Israelis.