Gaza will not be “livable” by 2020: UN estimates

(PRESS TV)   A report launched by Maxwell Gaylard, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in the occupied Palestinian territory, Jean Gough of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and Robert Turner of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) forecasts a worsening situation for the population living under an Israel-enforced blockade, which rights groups have called an “open air prison.”

“Gaza will have half a million more people by 2020 while its economy will grow only slowly. In consequence, the people of Gaza will have an even harder time getting enough drinking water and electricity, or sending their children to school,” said Gaylard.

The report highlight Gaza’s acute water crisis, noting that Gaza’s aquifer may become unusable in as few as four years and may suffer irreversible damage by 2020. It implicates sewage and fertilizer pollution as well as high saline levels in water. While it mentions low levels of water in Gaza’s aquifer, it does not mention Israeli use of Gaza’s underground water supply. The report also highlights that the already densely populated area will only become more so. The population of 1.6 million people today is set to skyrocket to 2.1 million people in 2020.

“The substantial population growth rate will thus add some 500,000 people to a living area which is restricted and already heavily urbanized. Fundamental infrastructure in electricity, water and sanitation, municipal and social services, is struggling to keep pace with the needs of the growing population,” it states. The report urges the end to the blockade, saying, “Gaza needs to be open and accessible to the world.”

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One Response to Gaza will not be “livable” by 2020: UN estimates

  • Of course, it’s Israel’s fault…I mean, how could it ever be the fault of Hamas and the Palestinian leadership…How come Egypt doesn’t come to their aid?… But of course, it must be Israel…

    Remember, it’s Hamas who wants to destroy Israel…And Iran, and Syria, and all the other radical Islamic assholes on the planet… They could care less about their own people…All they want to do is kill anyone who doesn’t agree with them… Nice religion…

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