MP Jamal Al-Khoudary, the head of the popular committee to end the Gaza siege, said 1.5 million Palestinians in Gaza are aid-dependents. The population of the Gaza Strip has hit the two million milestone last September. Alkhoudary added, “80% of Gaza’s population live below the poverty line.”
Alkhoudary noted in a press statement published today that one million Palestinians in Gaza receive aid from the United Nations, while half a million receive aid from other international relief organisations operating in Gaza.
Alkhoudary stressed, “Israel is responsible for the continuing siege imposed on Gaza because it continues to shut down border crossings, and impose a total land, sea and air closure on the Strip, and restricts imports and exports and the movement of people.”
الأوضاع الانسانية في #غزة تتدهور بشكل كبير حيث يعتاش على المساعدات قرابة مليون ونصف مواطن بسبب احوالهم الاقتصادية نتيجة الحصار الاسرائيلي
— النائب جمال الخضري (@jamalkhoudary) November 28, 2016
(Translation: the humanitarian situation in Gaza is rapidly deteriorating where 1.5 million depend on aid due to the worsening situation).
Alkhoudary held the Israeli occupation responsible for the deteriorating situation in the Gaza Strip and the alarming rates of unemployment and poverty.
He concluded that the siege will not be lifted until all Palestinian demands are met, including opening all crossings, lifting all restrictions on imports and exports, and opening a passage between Gaza and the West Bank, rebuilding Gaza’s airport and lifting the coastal blockade and building a sea-port.