Good news as the first loads of construction materials are making their way to Gaza.
After the agreement of a cease fire between Israel and Hamas, building supplies have now entered the Gaza Strip for the first time since July 8.
The Kerem Shalom crossing, not far from Egypt, is the sole commercial passageway into the coastal Strip.
First across were quantities of window glass and ceramic tiles.
Cement and iron will follow in the coming days once an international organization effort for monitoring takes over the operations.
During the conflict, Israeli and Palestinian workers operated under fire for seven weeks as only humanitarian supplies of food, water and medicine trickled into Gaza.
Deliveries from Israeli vehicles are now being dropped off and loaded onto Palestinian trucks to distribution points throughout Gaza.
Other items making their way across include school supplies, clothing, shoes, and toys.
According to the United Nations approximately 16,000 homes in Gaza were destroyed or damaged by Israeli bombardments during the conflict.
Some sources estimate that 3.5 million tons of construction material will be needed to rebuild them.
With the fall fast approaching the building efforts will be colossal.
Over half a million people were displaced in Gaza. Many of that figure are able to return to homes or extended family – but many are not.
The Arab world is expected to kick in financially, alongside the UN, European donors, and international aid to rebuild Gaza.
The stark reality is that it will take years to rebuild homes, infrastructure, and life in Gaza after 50 days of conflict with Israel.
Middle east Correspondent