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Gaza situation worse

The humanitarian situation in Gaza continues to deteriorate with high unemployment and poverty crippling the coastal territory currently under a blockade by Egypt and Israel. The United Nations has warned that the situation will get worse. The Gaza humanitarian situation deteriorates a year after a truce that ended fighting between Israel and the Hamas rulers of the Palestinian enclave, says UN officials.

“After 12 months the initial hopes for a significant improvement on the ground have not been realised,” says the UN’s humanitarian co-ordinator for the Palestinian territories, James Rawley. “In fact I am sorry to report that the situation for Gaza’s 1.7 million people is worse than it was before the hostilities a year ago between November 14 and 21.”

On Tuesday, reports said Israel and Egypt’s blockade of Gaza increased the suffering of Palestinians living there by depriving the coastal territory off basic necessities. Additionally, a chronic shortage of medicine is putting the lives of some Gazans at risk. Leukemia patients in the Gaza Strip have been without medicine for more than 11 months leaving them in grave danger of complications and death, according to a report released by the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights.

The Centre called upon Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas to immediately intervene in order to save these patients by instructing the Ministry of Health in Ramallah to provide their required medications promptly and regularly. SABC

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