UN: Movement restrictions worsen living conditions in Gaza
The Gaza Post | The News of Palestine – Gaza
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) to the occupied Palestinian territories published a report said the prolonged unfair restrictions on the movement of people and goods to and from Gaza have worsened the living conditions of approximately two million Palestinians in the seaside enclave, said a report by the on Friday.
It said that although the restrictions were imposed on the strip by Israel in the early 1990s, they were intensified after June 2007, when Hamas ruled Gaza and Israel’s imposition of the still-standing 11 years blockade.
“These restrictions continue to reduce access to livelihoods, essential services and housing, disrupt family life, and undermine people’s hopes for a secure and prosperous future,” it said.
The UN highlighted that the situation [in Gaza collective prison] had become even more catastrophic after the restrictions imposed since June 2013 by the Egyptian authorities at Rafah Crossing, which had become the main crossing point used by Palestinian passengers in the Gaza Strip -because of Israel’s restrictions on its crossings-.
The report included charts of the times the crossings with Israel and Egypt were closed and opened for movement of people and goods, which affected exports and imports as well as entry of badly needed fuel to the Gaza Strip.