Arab League chief to lead delegation to Gaza

Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi will lead a ministerial delegation to war-ravaged Gaza on October 23, an official said on Thursday.

Cairo: Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi will lead a ministerial delegation to war-ravaged Gaza on October 23, an official said on Thursday.

The delegation will include Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled al-Sabah and Mauritanian Foreign Minister Ahmed Ould Teguedi, the League official told reporters in Cairo.

"The visit is in solidarity with the Gaza Strip, which was subjected to comprehensive destruction by the last Israeli aggression, and to understand its needs," the official said on condition of anonymity.

Details of the itinerary were not immediately available.

The one-day visit comes after an international donors conference in Cairo hosted by Egypt and Norway on Sunday pledged USD 5.4 billion (4.3 billion euros) to rebuild Gaza.

Donations mainly included USD 1 billion from Qatar, USD 212 million from the United States and 450 million euros from the European Union.

The July-August war between Israel and the coastal territory's Hamas rulers left nearly 2,200 Palestinians dead along with 73 on the Israeli side.

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