They recycle it again because the occupation prevented the entry of building materials

The rubble of destroyed houses.. Gazans' way of reconstruction

  • Iron and cement blocks are extracted with simple tools.

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  • worker during iron collection.

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  • The aggregate is recycled to make the block again.

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  • Rebar is recycled by simple hand tools.

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  • Workers searching for rebar among the rubble.

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With the rising of the sun every new day, young Ahmed Alloush goes to the areas of destroyed houses in the Gaza Strip, not in search of something he lost during the recent Israeli war against the besieged Gaza Strip, but rather to collect the stones of the destroyed houses, and to search for armed iron, to extract it from the rubble, by means of tools Simple manual.

After spending long hours of hard work under the sun, Alloush (28 years) transports what he has collected of concrete blocks and armed iron through trucks, which head to remote areas, where factories of construction materials have stopped, to recycle the rubble again, using hand tools, and other mechanism.

As a result of preventing the occupation from bringing building materials into the Gaza Strip, through the Kerem Shalom crossing, which it controls, the residents of Gaza were forced to recycle the rubble of destroyed homes and facilities, to be used in building operations that were destroyed by the war machine again.

As a result of the events of the war, which lasted for 11 continuous days last May, the mechanisms and helicopters of the occupation destroyed 17,200 housing, industrial and service units, which sustained total and partial damage, while 6,000 people in Gaza were rendered homeless, after their homes were turned into scattered rubble.

Rizk among the rubble

Young Alloush, a construction worker who lost his job during the past years, as a result of the closure of the Gaza Strip crossings, and the continued tightening of the siege, has been collecting the rubble of destroyed houses and facilities, since last June, in addition to dozens of young men working with him in the process of extracting armed iron from cement blocks, Transporting the demolished stones.

Young Alloush told "Emirates Today" that "the extent of the destruction left by the recent war affected all areas of the Gaza Strip, where thousands of housing units, industrial and service facilities, and due to the displacement of hundreds of families, including women, children and the elderly, and the occupation preventing the entry of construction and reconstruction materials, we resorted to To recycle the rubble again, which has become a temporary occupation for hundreds of young people and unemployed citizens.”

He added that "this temporary and arduous profession depends on extracting armed iron from houses that have been subjected to helicopter and artillery bombardment, using primitive methods, including iron hammer and axe, to break up the cement blocks and extract iron."

He shows that collecting stones and extracting armed iron is a very arduous process, requiring dozens of young men in one area, to be able to complete the work properly.

recycling process

The process of recycling the rubble of destroyed homes and facilities has provided many job opportunities for hundreds of Gazan citizens, especially the unemployed due to the closure of the Gaza crossings, where they need workers to search for and extract the rubble, and then recycle it again inside the building materials factories, which also stopped working. , to prevent the introduction of materials and tools necessary to operate it again.

The citizen Bahaa Al-Hamami, one of the workers in a factory for the production of bricks and building materials, receives daily reinforced iron, cement blocks and rickety stones, from dozens of young men, who work to search for and collect the rubble of houses and destroyed facilities from several areas in Gaza.

Al-Hamami explains the method of recycling the rubble, saying that “the stones rotate through grinding them in special mechanisms called crushers, then the cement blocks are converted into small pieces of gravel, to re-make large stones (blocks), and use them again in the reconstruction operations.”

The Gaza worker continues, "As for the other extracts from under the rubble of destroyed houses and buildings, such as reinforced iron, they are re-modified by a simple manual machine and equipment, to be used again in the construction operations of destroyed homes and facilities."

• The process of recycling the rubble of destroyed homes and facilities has provided many job opportunities for hundreds of Gazan citizens, especially the unemployed due to the closure of the Gaza crossings, where they need workers to search for and extract the rubble, and then recycle it again inside the building materials factories, which also stopped working. , due to the prohibition of bringing in materials and tools necessary to operate it again.

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