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Shooting halts Jenin rebuild

THE US$28M reconstruction of Jenin refugee camp in Israel's West Bank has been put on hold following the fatal shooting of the scheme's British project manager in November.

Iain Hook, 54, was six weeks into his 18 month contract leading a United Nations reconstruction programme when he was killed inside the UN compound by Israeli fire.

Jenin was extensively damaged in April by Israeli forces who blitzed the camp in search of Palestinian fighters. Hook's initial survey of damage listed 160 buildings needing to be demolished and 100 requiring major structural works. There was also extensive damage to sewerage and water pipes.

He was responsible for organising architects, engineers and contractors, and had a key role in liaising with local people.

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