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After lengthy delays, reconstruction begins on first homes destroyed in last year's Gaza war

  • Palestinian workers rebuild a house which was destroyed during the last summer's war between Israel and Hamas, as the long-awaited reconstruction began in Shijaiyah neighborhood eastern Gaza City on Thursday, July 23, 2015. Construction has started on the first homes that will be rebuilt in the Gaza Strip since the devastating war destroyed much of the territory's infrastructure. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

    Palestinian workers rebuild a house which was destroyed during the last summer's war between Israel and Hamas, as the long-awaited reconstruction began in Shijaiyah neighborhood eastern Gaza City on Thursday, July 23, 2015. Construction has started on the first homes that will be rebuilt in the Gaza Strip since the devastating war destroyed much of the territory's infrastructure. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)  (The Associated Press)

  • A Palestinian boy sits next to a tent watching workers rebuild a house which was destroyed during the last summer's war between Israel and Hamas, as the long-awaited reconstruction began in Shijaiyah neighborhood eastern Gaza City on Thursday, July 23, 2015. Construction has started on the first homes that will be rebuilt in the Gaza Strip since the devastating war destroyed much of the territory's infrastructure. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

    A Palestinian boy sits next to a tent watching workers rebuild a house which was destroyed during the last summer's war between Israel and Hamas, as the long-awaited reconstruction began in Shijaiyah neighborhood eastern Gaza City on Thursday, July 23, 2015. Construction has started on the first homes that will be rebuilt in the Gaza Strip since the devastating war destroyed much of the territory's infrastructure. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)  (The Associated Press)

  • A Palestinian worker prepares rebar to rebuild a house which was destroyed during the last summer's war between Israel and Hamas, as the long-awaited reconstruction began in Shijaiyah neighborhood eastern Gaza City on Thursday, July 23, 2015. Construction has started on the first homes that will be rebuilt in the Gaza Strip since the devastating war destroyed much of the territory's infrastructure. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

    A Palestinian worker prepares rebar to rebuild a house which was destroyed during the last summer's war between Israel and Hamas, as the long-awaited reconstruction began in Shijaiyah neighborhood eastern Gaza City on Thursday, July 23, 2015. Construction has started on the first homes that will be rebuilt in the Gaza Strip since the devastating war destroyed much of the territory's infrastructure. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)  (The Associated Press)

Construction has started on the first homes that will be rebuilt in the Gaza Strip since the devastating war with Israel last summer destroyed much of the territory's infrastructure.

The long-awaited reconstruction began in Shijaiyah, a hard-hit neighborhood of Gaza City, on Thursday, giving residents a rare glimmer of hope.

Over 2,200 Palestinians, including hundreds of civilians, were killed in the 50-day war between Israel and the Islamic militant group Hamas, which governs Gaza. Seventy-three people on the Israeli side died.

The war destroyed 11,900 homes and damaged about 140,000 dwellings, according to the Palestinian Minister of Public Works Mufeed al-Hasayneh.

The first new houses are being rebuilt as part of a project funded by the Gulf monarchy Qatar to reconstruct 1,000 housing units.