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Private Sector in Gaza loses 100 Million Dollars amid siege

Private Sector in Gaza loses 100 Million Dollars amid siege

22/9/2013

MP Jamal Khudari, head of the popular committee against the siege, said the losses caused by the disruption of  projects in Gaza due to the Israeli siege have reached one hundred million dollars.

Khudari stressed in a press statement on Saturday that Israeli promises to allow entry of some quantities of construction materials - if fulfilled - would cover only 25% of projects, which means the continued disruption of a large part of the projects. 

He said that this decision does not mean ending or easing the blockade, as Israel is still besieging Gaza, and added that ending the siege requires opening all the crossings and allowing the import and export of all goods without exception. 

The MP said that the number of projects that have been postponed is increasing in light of the tightening of the siege and the continued closure of the crossings. 

Many supporting institutions have stopped launching projects due to lack of construction materials and raw materials, he said. 

Khudari also warned that the continued postponement of these projects means an increase in the rates of unemployment and poverty in the Strip, which has been under siege for the seventh year unabated. 
He appealed to the international community to exert pressure on Israel, and take serious measures in order to lift the Gaza blockade.

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