Gaza economy sustains nearly $100mn monthly loss due to Israeli blockade: NGO
A Palestinian NGO says the economic loss imposed on the Gaza Strip as a result of Israel’s blockade of the impoverished enclave is estimated to stand at nearly 100 million dollars a month.
According to Press TV, Jamal al-Khudari, Head of the Popular Committee Against Siege (PCAS), said on Saturday “The crises of the economic sector are directly caused by the Israeli siege imposed on the coastal enclave since 2007.”
Khudari, who is also a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC), added that a total of “4,000 factories, workshops, shops and companies have closed or shrunk their activities by more than 80 percent of their operational capacity over the past years … due to the Israeli siege.”
He highlighted that the remaining companies, shops, factories, and economic facilities are currently operating with less than 50 percent of their operational capacity.
Khudari also said that 85 percent of Gazans are living under the poverty line, calling on the international community to pressure the Israeli regime to end its blockade on the coastal sliver.
Gaza has been under Israeli siege since June 2007, which has caused a decline in living standards.
Israel has also launched three major wars against the enclave since 2008, killing thousands of Gazans and shattering the territory’s already poor infrastructure.
Earlier this week, a UN report said the Israeli regime’s occupation has cost the Palestinian economy more than 2.5 billions of dollars on a yearly basis for the nearly past two decades.
The report by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), titled 'Economic cost of the Israeli occupation for the Palestinian people: Fiscal aspects' said that the total fiscal loss for the Palestinian government between 2000 and 2017 was estimated at $47.7 billion.