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Humanitarian crisis as Gaza Strip siege continues

Issue No. 2010

Israel's attacks on the Gaza Strip are continuing, creating a terrible situation for the 1.4 million Palestinians living there.

Israeli forces have killed over 85 Palestinians since their offensive began on 28 June. They have destroyed bridges, cutting parts of Gaza off from one another, and a power station that supplies half of Gaza’s electricity.

Doctor Mona El Farra, who works at the al-Awda hospital in Jabalia refugee camp, told Socialist Worker, “Israel destroyed the foreign ministry in Gaza City on Monday.

“My friends live next door and they fear they could be hit next, as their are other ministry buildings nearby.

“A military operation is still going on in the village of Beit Hanoun in north Gaza. Israeli tanks and bulldozers are razing the agricultural land. Families are being forced to remain in their homes, without power or water.

“Israel is now fighting on two fronts - Gaza and Lebanon - and it is not slowing down on either.

“Gaza has many problems, including the lack of water and power. There is garbage everywhere. This is a real danger to health.

“Children are restless and panicked. I am emotionally stressed but I must continue.

“The borders are still closed, although the border to Egypt was set to open on Tuesday of this week to let through the thousands of people stranded on the other side.

“Palestinian militia men forced open the border last Saturday allowing hundreds of people back into Gaza. Israeli helicopters shot at them.”

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