Two million now confined in the ‘world’s largest prison’

13 Oct

139306162133069113585164, October 12, 2016

Officially, Gaza’s population has reached two million living in the largest open-air prison

New statistics released by the Gaza Interior Ministry revealed that a birth is registered in the Gaza Strip every ten minutes and that the total population in the besieged coastal strip became two million people today.

The ministry noted that Gaza’s General Administration for Civil Affairs (GACA) recorded 4,983 births during the month of September, at a rate of 166 births per day.

It also added that the civil records indicated that seven babies are born every hour, suggesting a rate of more than one birth every ten minutes.

According to the statistics released by the Interior Ministry, GACA recorded 291 reported deaths during September, at a rate of ten deaths a day.

The crowded coastal Gaza Strip, which has been subjected to a suffocating Israeli siege for the past decade, is suffering from overcrowding and a very high population density. Gaza’s population has reached 2 million people today .

The Gaza Strip has been under an Israeli siege since June 2007. The blockade has caused a decline in living standards as well as unprecedented levels of unemployment and unrelenting poverty.

The Gaza Strip will not be “a liveable place” by 2020 unless action is taken to improve basic services in the territory, according to a UN report.

Israel has also waged three wars on Gaza since 2008, including the 2014 offensive, which left more than 2,200 Palestinians dead and over 11,100 others injured.

The latest aggression against the Palestinian territory started in early July 2014 and ended after 50 days on August 26 that year, with a truce that took effect after indirect negotiations in the Egyptian capital, Cairo.

Last month, the Popular Committee Against Siege said that about half of the buildings demolished during the 2014 onslaught are still awaiting reconstruction.

The campaign group added noted that rebuilding Gaza has been hampered by severe restrictions on the entry of materials due to the devastating Israeli siege on the coastal sliver.


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