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Russian region gifts houses to fleeing Palestinians

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov with Vladimir Putin

Russia’s Muslim-majority region will build apartments to house the Palestinians fleeing the Gaza Strip, Ramzan Kadyrov, the head of the Chechen Republic, announced on Wednesday.

Kadyrov made his statement when attending the groundbreaking ceremony in the area designated for the construction of five blocks of 35 apartments each. The houses will be located close to a school and nursery.

“With great pleasure, I have congratulated the settlers who will soon receive [new] homes,” Kadyrov wrote on Telegram. “I stressed that we will continue providing comprehensive assistance and support.” 

The project was funded through a regional charity. Each family will be provided with 100,000 rubles ($1,120), according to the regional government.

Around 130 million rubles ($1,45 million) were allocated for humanitarian aid to Gaza and the settlement of refugees, Chechen officials said.

Chechnya has so far taken in more than 200 Palestinians fleeing the fighting between Israel and Hamas. Around 30 have since found employment in local healthcare.

Russia has accepted a total of 1,158 refugees from Gaza since the conflict broke out on October 7. 

More than 23,000 Palestinians have died, according to the Hamas-run Gaza Health Ministry. Nearly 1.9 million – more than 85% of the population in Gaza – have been displaced, the UN said last month.

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