Report: Shocking figures 16 years after siege of Gaza imposed

Council on International Relations (CIR) issued Wednesday a comprehensive report highlighting the repercussions of the stifling Israeli siege on the Gaza Strip.


The Gaza Strip, according to the report, is one of the most densely populated areas in the world, with approximately 2.35 million people (47.3% of them children under 18 years of age) living in a narrow coastal enclave of only 360 square kilometers.


The refugees who were displaced due to the Israeli occupation in 1948 is and 1967, constitute approximately 71% of the total population live in camps that lack the minimum necessities of a decent human life.


The report said: “The siege has had profound effects on the living conditions in Gaza, heavily impacting economic and social conditions, infrastructure, and health and education services. This report reviews the repercussions of the siege imposed on the Gaza Strip for more than 16 years by documenting a set of figures and facts that were monitored by governmental, local and international reports.”


“What makes life in Gaza even more tragic is the unjust siege imposed by the Israeli occupation since 2006, when the Palestinian Movement Hamas won the Palestinian elections,” the report added.

According to the CIR, the disastrous effects of the siege is prompted the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross to call for considering the siege a flagrant violation of the international law and the Fourth Geneva Convention, and a form of collective punishment practiced by the Israeli occupation against the residents of the Gaza Strip.


See the full Report