Gaza report: ‘90% live below poverty line’.. ‘lift the siege’

20 Oct

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Middle East Monitor report, 18 October 2014

The Popular Committee for Facing the Siege on Gaza said on Friday “90 per cent of Gazan residents are living below the poverty line.”

In a statement issued to mark the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, the committee said that the Gaza Strip has been under strict Israeli siege since 2006. “Today, it records the highest rate of poverty since then,” the statement said.

This high poverty rate is attributed to the increasing rate of unemployment, which dramatically increased after the latest 51-day Israeli war on the Gaza Strip.

“Hundreds of factories and commercial facilities were destroyed during the war,” said the statement. “This has negatively affected the economic situation.”

The rate of unemployment among Gaza residents has exceeded the threshold of 65 per cent and the rate of individual income is less than 1 USD per day.

The committee called on the international community to work on lifting the siege imposed on the Strip.

 

One Response to “Gaza report: ‘90% live below poverty line’.. ‘lift the siege’”

  1. Achmat October 20, 2014 at 3:08 pm #

    Greetings in the Name of Peace… That is indeed a tragic situation which is entirely due to man’s inhumanity towards man. We need to roll up our sleeves and assist these desperate people. The task is huge but not impossible.
    Shukran for the update. It is so easy to forget the suffering.

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