Gaza, October 23 (QNA) – HH the Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani today laid the foundation stone of Hamad Residential Town in Gaza Strip during a ceremony attended by Prime Minister of the defunct Palestinian government Dr. Ismail Haniyeh.
The ceremony was attended by HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser .
The ceremony was also attended by HE the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor Al-Thani and members of the delegation accompanying HH the Emir.
Amal Mohamed Haniyeh, wife of Dr. Haniyeh, a number of ministers and officials in Gaza and members of the Legislative Council also attended.
The ceremony started with a recitation from the holy Qur’an followed by a speech by the Minister of Public Works in the defunct Palestinian government Dr. Youssuf Abul Ghareez in which he welcomed the visit of HH the Emir and HH Sheikha Moza.
He also welcomed HE Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor Al-Thani and hailed the efforts of the State of Qatar in support of the Palestinian people, especially in Gaza strip, describing the visit as historic.
Afterwards, Dr. Ismail Haniyeh gave a speech in which he welcomed the visit of HH the Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa bin Hamad Al-Thani and HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, stressing that the visit is an official announcement of the break of the political and economic siege of Gaza strip.
Haniyeh said Gaza is receiving today a man of the nation and an Arab and Muslim leader, pointing out that the visit of HH the Emir is a visit by the first Arab leader to Palestine and the besieged Gaza, despite all the challenges, difficulties and axes of evil that only want to see Gaza wounded and besieged. “
“The visit of HH the Emir, represents the stand of men and the Arab originality. This visit would not have been made without the bold decision taken by HH the Emir to break the political and economic blockade on Gaza Strip which has been under siege for several years .”
Dr. Haniyeh said the visit is communicating a message to the world that Gaza is not alone in the field, that Palestine is in the axis, and the Arabs, led by HH the Emir assert that Palestine inhabits the hearts of millions of the world’s free people.” Addressing HH the Emir, Haniyeh said, “You are a dear guest, beloved to the hearts of millions of Palestinians, and you, through this visit, officially announced the break of the political and economic blockade clamped on the Gaza Strip”, adding :” We, as a great people, today welcome a great man ..today we are breaking the siege.. Thank you, Your Highness the Emir .. thanks to Qatar. “
“We today announce the victory over the siege through this blessed historic visit that will go down in history and will be remembered by the Palestinian and Arab nation generations.”
Dr. Haniyeh recalled the successive years of siege on Gaza and the Israeli aggression on the Strip, when the war machine was destroying the besieged Strip, ”while HH the Emir was standing alongside the leaders of the Arab nation in Doha in support of Gaza against the unjust war and in support of our people and their resistance in the Gaza Strip”.
Then HH the Emir and Dr. Ismail Haniyeh witnessed the signing of a number of agreements between the two sides. A project for the establishment of Hamad Residential Town and a project for the construction Hamad Hospital for Rehabilitation and Prosthetic Limbs, a project to re-build Salah al-Din Street and a project to re-build Rashid Street (the coastal road) and a project for re-building Al-Karama Street were signed
HH the Emir approved the top-up of the Qatari grants for Gaza rehabilitation projects from the USD 264 million to USD 415 million for all projects.
HH the Emir then and his accompanying delegation then reviewed a general plan for the distribution of the Qatari grant projects inside Gaza.
HH the Emir then laid the foundation stone of the project.
Hamad Residential Town project includes 1060 residential units, two schools, a health centre, a commercial centre and a mosque in addition to infrastructure facilities, roads and green spaces.