LIVING UNDER SIEGE
The movement of both goods and people into and out of Gaza is severely restricted by the Israeli occupation authority and has been for many decades. Restrictions were further tightened in 2005 when Israel unilaterally withdrew its settlers and redeployed its troops from Gaza. Following the redeployment, the Israeli occupation authority placed new and increased restrictions over the movement of goods and people into and out of Gaza.
As a result of the restrictions, the humanitarian situation in Gaza is dire, affecting all aspects of life. According to the UN, as of 2013: 57% of Gaza’s households are food insecure and approximately 80% receive some form of food assistance. 35.5% of those willing and able to work are unemployed – one of the highest unemployment rates in the world. Due to power shortages, there are power outages for up to 12 hours per day in most areas of Gaza.