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Qatar pledges $1B for Gaza Strip reconstruction

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry shakes hands with Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid bin Mohammad Al Attiyah in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, during the Gaza Donor Conference. Kerry announced immediate U.S. assistance of $212 million as the conference began. Qatar has pledged $1 billion and the United Arab Emirates pledged $200 million toward reconstruction of Gaza Strip after a 50-day Israel-Hamas war. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has said Gaza needs $4 billion. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, Pool)CAIRO (AP) — Qatar pledged $1 billion Sunday toward the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip after this year’s devastating Israel-Hamas war, once again using its vast wealth to reinforce its role as a regional player as Gulf Arab rival the United Arab Emirates promised $200 million.

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