Palestinian prime minister urges donors to honor pledges to aid Gaza reconstruction

The Palestinian prime minister is urging international donor nations to honor their pledges to send billions of dollars to help rebuild the Gaza Strip after a devastating 50-day war against Israel.

Donor nations on Sunday promised to provide $5.4 billion, half of which is earmarked for rebuilding the war-battered territory. The Palestinian prime minister, Rami Hamdallah, said Monday it is critical that donor nations keep their promises. He noted that after a previous war in 2009, only a small fraction of pledged money was actually sent.

"Our plans are ready for the reconstruction, but it depends on the flow of the money," he said at a meeting with visiting U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon. "In 2009, most of the pledged money did not come. We hope that this time is different."