Gaza one year on
The 7th July marked the anniversary of the 2014 war on Gaza, where over 2000 Palestinians lost their lives, and thousands more were made homeless. Read the latest news on reconstruction and the situation in Gaza here.
The United Nations reports that Gaza’s reconstruction is moving at ‘snails pace’ and that the ongoing Israeli blockade and dire funding shortage of UNRWA and other UN bodies in Gaza are preventing Palestinians in Gaza living any sort of normal life. The World Bank reports that Gaza’s unemployment rate is now the highest in the world (43%) and that youth unemployment soared to 60% at the end of 2014. Over 800,000 of the 1.8 million residents of Gaza rely on humanitarian aid from the United Nations.
In the recent Report of the Independent Commission of Inquiry on the 2014 Gaza Conflict found evidence of war crimes by both Israel and Palestinian militant groups, although both sides dispute the findings.
What remains clear is that those in Gaza are suffering immeasurably under Israel’s policy of occupation and blockade. This ‘collective punishment’ is illegal under international law, and strips Palestinians in Gaza of their hopes and dreams for a better future.
Over the coming months we’ll be telling the stories of ordinary people in Gaza, and how they manage to live life under these challenging conditions.
You can also view our photo gallery of Gaza here, and find out more about life in the Gaza Strip.
Photo: Nive Hall/Amos Trust