Director of UNRWA’s operations in Gaza Matthias Schmale yesterday warned that the situation in the besieged Gaza Strip “is moving from bad to worse”, the Anadolu Agency reported.
Schmale told a meeting organized by Press House in Gaza:
“The social and economic situation in Gaza is moving from bad to worse.”
Thank you @UNYouthEnvoy @jayathmadw for taking time to visit #Gaza & meet its people including Palestine refugees & @UNRWA staff. You have impressive listening skills & gave our school parliamentarians the sense they have a genuine global voice speaking for them pic.twitter.com/t7hVoppPST
— Matthias Schmale (@matzschmale) June 20, 2019
The UN official blamed the 12-year-old Israeli blockade on Gaza for the deteriorating situation in the Palestinian territory, which is home to nearly two million people.
“It has caused higher unemployment rates, economic collapse and restriction of free trade.”
a difficult situation in Gaza ???
A Palestinian puts clothes in the refrigerator instead of food He has no money to buy food More than a million Palestinians in Gaza need urgent assistance Because of the siege and rampant unemployment According to the United Nations pic.twitter.com/Tn6sDZpxnI
— Aya_omar (@Aya_Omar_2019) June 30, 2019
According to the Palestinian Centre of Bureau of Statistics, unemployment in Gaza continues to rise, reaching 52 percent in 2018, an increase of almost eight percent since 2017 and of more than 20 percent since Israel imposed the closure in 2007.
A recent report for the UN World Food Programme (WFP) found that food insecurity affected two-thirds of the population in Gaza.
The siege of Gaza won't kill the beauty of its children❤️ pic.twitter.com/tPpz8Occry
— Palestinian liberation team (@TeamPalestinian) June 29, 2019
Israel imposed a crippling blockade on the Gaza Strip in 2007 after Palestinian group Hamas seized control of the strip from its rival group Fatah, ending more than a year of security chaos erupted by Fatah’s rejection to recognize Hamas’ victory in the elections.
Established in 1949, UNRWA delivers critical aid to Palestinian refugees in the Gaza Strip, the Israeli-occupied West Bank, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria.
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