Situation in Gaza continues to deteriorate, citizens hopeless

Several days after the UN published a report which claimed that Gaza will be ‘unlivable’ in 3 years, its citizens explain their struggles: crowded medical facilities, unemployment and the deteriorating electricity crisis.
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After the UN published a special report of the humanitarian crisis in Gaza on Tuesday, its citizens tell of their unimaginable daily lives.

Their lives depend on water sources that are expected to become unusable, they have 2 to 4 hours of electricity per day and crowded medical facilities that are collapsing under the pressure. The report shows that of the 2 million people living in Gaza, over half are suffering from unstable nutrition. Over 60% of Gaza’s youth are considered unemployed.  

Soon to be unlivable Photo credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News

“We talk about the unlivability of Gaza,” UN Coordinator for Humanitarian Aid and Development Activities in the Occupied Palestinian Territory Robert Piper told Reuters in an interview on Tuesday. “When you're down to two hours of power a day and you have 60 percent youth unemployment rates... that unlivability threshold has been passed quite a long time ago.”

10 years of Hamas rule Photo Credit: Channel 2 News

Imad Shilil is one of the many people suffering from the crisis. In the past, he sold sports merchandise in his store. Today, every sale is related to the energy crisis. “Today, only batteries and chargers are sold,” he said. “Only the extremely rich have constant energy. They have light, fans, refrigerators, television and internet connection. I didn’t do anything bad to anyone to deserve this punishment.”

Only 2 hours of electricity per day Photo credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News

“It’s all politics and we’re just pawns,” stated a resident of the al-Shati refugee camp. “Abbas isn’t punishing Hamas. He is punishing 2 million Palestinians. Hamas leaders have huge generators and they are living in good conditions. Only the poor are suffering.”

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