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UN: Gaza humanitarian situation deteriorating

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PressTV - UN: Gaza humanitarian situation deteriorating:

Wed Feb 9, 2011 9:15PM
Yousef al-Helou, Press TV, Gaza

"The United Nations relief and works agency for Palestine refugees, UNRWA, has warned that the humanitarian situation in Gaza is in decline on all levels due to years of Israeli restrictions.

Christopher Gunness, a spokesman for the UN agency has said unemployment rates in Gaza has reached around 45.5 percent.

Israel and neighboring Egypt shut down Gaza's border in June 2006 and tightened the siege further when the Hamas movement was democratically elected and took control of Gaza a year later.
Israel relaxed the tight siege last June, allowing consumer goods into Gaza after its May attack on a Turkish aid ship sparked international outrage.

But experts say there is no economic improvement on the ground as Israel still restricts the import of capital goods, severely restricts the movement of people and blocks all exports.

Human rights activists say people across the world are looking at what is happening to the Gaza economy shattered by the siege and Israel war during the winter of 2008-2009.

According to the United Nations figures, the war left more than 50,000 homes, 800 industrial units, 200 schools as well as 39 mosques and two churches damaged or destroyed. Activists say the best way to deal with this increasing concern is to lift the blockade fully.

Over a million refugees in Gaza who live in hard conditions in several camps across the strip depends on assistance provided by UNRWA. The UN agency needs to build 100 schools and 10,000 housing units in addition to a number of health centers but these have been hampered by Israeli restrictions.

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