The Gaza Strip: “An Open-air Prison”
By admin July 25, 2014




The Gaza Strip has attracted the world’s attention since July 7th as rocket fire from Hamas militants into Israel is being met by air attacks. Now, there is a ground war between the Hamas militants and Israeli Defense Forces, with 800 casualties in total.


The Gaza-Israel conflict is a part of the long-term Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and escalated after the split of the Palestinian Authority to Fatah Government in the West Bank and the Hamas Government in Gaza in 2006. Then in 2007, the Gaza Strip had a land, air and sea blockade imposed on them by Egypt and Israel, which has led to 40% of the people being unemployed and 80% of the people living on less than 2 dollars a day.


The living conditions in the Gaza Strip are also depressing. More than 30% of homes in Gaza receive limited water supply, and according the to UN, the aquifer where Gaza acquires water will become unusable by 2016. The entire electricity supply meets less than half of the total demand, and 89% of Gaza’s total electricity supply is purchased from Israel. Unfortunately, Israel now plans to reduce the amount of the supply. After the war started, people were forced to leave their homes – if they had not been killed – to seek safe places either in the UN shelters or their relatives’ homes. And most importantly, the majority of Gazans cannot just escape from the Gaza Strip as the borders are entirely under the control of Israel and Egypt, which makes the area a so-called “an open-air prison”.


As civilian casualties mounted these two weeks, stakeholders around the world gather to propose a solution. The US Secretary of State, John Kerry, landed in Jerusalem to meet with other world leaders in an attempt to broker a truce between both sides. The Latin American nations condemned Israeli attacks in Gaza partly because of their economic and military ties with Israel. There is no doubt that politicians are concerned with the conflict, but it appears the civilians will suffers the most.


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