Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Humanitarian situation in Gaza bleak

In fact, the humanitarian situation is the worst since the Israeli government first occupied Gaza:
A coalition of eight British-based human rights organizations on Thursday released a scathing report in claiming that the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip is at its worst point since Israel captured the territory in 1967.

The report said that more than 1.1 million people, about 80 percent of Gaza's residents, are now dependent on food aid, as opposed to 63 percent in 2006, unemployment is close to 40 percent and close to 70 percent of the 110,000 workers employed in the private sector have lost their jobs.

It also said that hospitals are suffering from power cuts of up to 12 hours a day, and the water and sewage systems were close to collapse, with 40-50 million liters of sewage pouring into the sea daily.
Meanwhile, back inside the Beltway, Congress gave its near unanimous blessing of the Israeli assault on the residents of Gaza. The lone dissident in the House? Ron Paul.

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