DAMASCUS, SYRIA (4:50 A.M)- The Israeli Regime has tightened its blockade of the Gaza Strip, strangling the civilian population and pushing Hamas towards a new military confrontation.
Yesterday, the Israeli Regime made a decision to tighten its crippling blockade of the Gaza Strip. The decision entailed the closure of Karem Abu Salem, crossing in Gaza from Israel, which will effectively destroy what remains of Gaza’s small economy.
The closure of the Karem Abu Salam crossing will mean than nothing can be imported, nor exported into/out of the Gaza Strip. All that is to be permitted into Gaza, is urgent humanitarian aid (such as food). Even items such as clothing goods, plastics and construction material are to be forbidden entry into Gaza.
The Gaza Strip, which has remained in a declared ‘state of emergency’, as of late February this year (Declared on 21/02/18), is on the brink of complete collapse.
In February of 2017, the Palestinian Authority decided to cut off Gaza’s supply of diesel fuel. Diesel fuel meant for Gaza, that their sole power plant – only semi-operational due to various Israeli aerial bombardments – would increase the amount of power provided for Gaza’s population of 2 million. Mahmoud Abbas (PA President) also made the move early this year, to sanction Gaza, refusing to pay salaries to Palestinian Authority (PA) members living in Gaza.
For Gaza’s population of 2 million, which consists of over 1 million children (aged 18 or younger), the situation is now officially the worst it has ever been.
More than 80% of Gazan’s face blackouts, which last up to and past 22 hours of their day. The un-employment rate in Gaza is 46%, 60+% amongst the youth. Around 100 million liters of un-treated sewerage floods Gaza’s un-swimmable 25 mile long beach, every year. Crime rates are up, suicide rates – especially amongst the youth – are sky-rocketing and more people are pushed below the poverty line every day. Gaza is also one of the most densely populated areas on earth and home to a population of 70+% refugees. Hospitals have become overwhelmed, disease is on the rise and even the sewerage floods the streets, as the lack of electricity disabled pumps.
Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of the Israeli Regime, claims that the tightening of the illegal 12 year-ongoing blockade is in response to burning balloons and kites flown into Israeli annexed territory. The Israeli Regime hold Hamas accountable for the kites/balloons, which have inflicted millions in damage of Israeli property. The claim that Hamas have launched the kite/balloon initiative, has no evidence to back it up.
Palestinians in Gaza now fear an upcoming confrontation between Hamas and Israel, as the besieged coastal enclave is all but strangled. The tightening of the siege will now mean for Hamas, that they most negotiate or confront Israel militarily. A military confrontation however, seems much more likely, as Israel are not trusted or engaged with by the Hamas leadership and are historically incapable of making a concession.