Palestinian women protest for cement and other aid from the international community.
With the Israeli blockade - and international indifference to it - slowing aid to a ravaged Gaza, Hamas has begun repairing
roads and houses destroyed in the Israeli assault by using tar, cement
and other goods smuggled through tunnels. But the materials are
inadequate to the task: A U.N. agency has said it would take a year to
clear away an estimated 600,000 tons of rubble. For ways to help Free
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"We're trying to get around the
blockade," said contractor Jehad al-Fara, who got costly Egyptian
bitumen to make tar. "The materials are insufficient but something's
better than nothing."