Days of Palestine

Saturday, June 3

Israel Blockade of Gaza Enters its Sixteenth Year

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As Israeli authorities impose a systematic blockade on Gaza, the condition in the strip is getting tougher day after day where people confront poverty, high unemployment rates, deterioration in the economic sector as well as lack of sanitation and health services.

Around 80 per cent of Gazans now rely on humanitarian aid and unable to provide for their families and the quality of infrastructure plus vital services deterioration  provided by UNRWA, according the United Nations statistics.

Israeli occupation authorities come into force tight regulations on the enclave; they severely restrict imports and exports, as well as the movement of people in and out of Gaza.

“The deadly blockade imposed on us turned Gaza into not only an open-air prison, but also into a concentration camp,” Haider Eid, a professor at Al Aqsa University in Gaza, wrote in a report. “Two million people, almost half of them are children under the age of 15, are now desperately trying to survive without a secure supply of water, food, electricity, and medicine amid obvious violation of international humanitarian law embodied in the Geneva Conventions.

Over the past two decades, Israeli forces launched five brutal aggressions, killing 4000 civilians most of them are children.

“They will keep us imprisoned on this strip, and continue to slowly suffocate us for another 15 or even 150 years if the world does not wake up and say “enough”. The blockade on Gaza is a stain on human history. The international community is obligated to take action and start doing what is necessary to finally open the doors of our prison.” Concluded Prof Haider.