Open Democracy, 12 June 2016



The Rafah crossing between Gaza and Egypt recently opened for two days after a three-month closure. Registered travelers numbered at more than 30,000, but Egyptian border security only allowed 747 into Egypt. A journey, which under usual circumstances should only take five minutes by bus or one hour, including bureaucratic procedures, now takes over 24 hours sometimes 48 hours, leaving hundreds of Palestinians in prison-like areas inside the Egyptian side of the Rafah border, a violation of basic human rights.

al Jazeera, 11 april 2017

The new pay cuts, targeting employees of the Palestinian Authority in Gaza, will increase the hardships for many in the strip [Ezz Zanoun]

Dadeh, along with many other PA workers, are under threat of losing their homes if they fail to pay rent. He must also look for new creditors to help him cover his medical costs for his wife, who suffers from diabetes. For now, all he can do is protest.

The Electronic Intifada, 3 May 2016

In spite of all he has been through, nothing hurts Yousif al-Shimbari more than getting used to mornings without hearing his mother’s voice.

The Palestine Chronicle, Mar 14, 2017

80% of Gazans 'depend on humanitarian assistance'. (Photo: via UNRWA USA)

Israeli Legal Center for the Freedom of Movement in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Gisha said Gaza’s unemployment rate stood at 42% in 2016 due to the Israeli siege imposed on the already impoverished Gaza Strip.

The Electronic Intifada, 7 March 2017

Gaza police say that the amount of illegal drugs which they seized so far this year is higher than the quantity seized during all of last year.

Mohammed Asad APA images

[...] In December 2008, it was reported that up to 30 percent of Gaza’s males between the ages of 14 and 30 were using Tramadol regularly.