FACTBOX - Pledges made at Gaza aid conference

Mon Mar 2, 2009 7:12pm GMT

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(Reuters) - International donors pledged $4.481 billion (3.2 billion pounds) in aid on Monday to help the Palestinian economy and rebuild the Gaza Strip at a conference in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.

The Palestinian Authority had hoped to raise $2.78 billion in aid, including $1.33 billion to rebuild the coastal strip after Israel's three-week military offensive in January. Here are some of the pledges announced at the one-day event.

* The United States pledges $900 million, of which $300 million is earmarked for Gaza. The rest will support the Palestinian Authority's economic reforms and budget shortfalls.

* The European Commission pledges 440 million euros (394 million pounds) for the reconstruction of Gaza and Palestinian Authority reforms.

* Gulf Arab countries pledge $1.65 billion, including $1 billion from Saudi Arabia, $250 million from Qatar, $174 million from the United Arab Emirates, $23 million from Bahrain. All Gulf Arab contributions would go through a programme announced in the Saudi capital Riyadh on Sunday.

* Japan pledges $200 million.

* Italy pledges $100 million.

* Turkey pledges $50 million, in addition to $43 million raised from private donations.

* Brazil pledges $10 million.

* Lebanon pledges $1 million.

(Writing by Alaa Shahine and Alastair Sharp)

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