The Israeli-led blockade of the Gaza Strip has cost more than $ 16 billion and pushed more than a million people below the extreme poverty line in just over 10 years, according to another UN report.

The archive presented last Wednesday by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) of the General Assembly covered years somewhere in the 2007-2018 range.

It required a swift halt to continue the offensive, which caused a close breakdown of cash training in Gaza and a 56 percent need.

"Conditions will deteriorate if the barrier continues," said Mahmoud Al-Khafif, organizer of the UNCTAD Conference on Helping the Palestinian People.

The passage of products has been reduced to a minimum, while external exchange and prices have been stopped. Meanwhile, residents have imposed exceptional restrictions on entering safe water and need regular energy or even an adequate sanitation framework.

Despite the obstacles and restrictions imposed by neighboring Egypt, the territories Hamas administered through three Israeli military activities in 2007, 2012 and 2014 have seriously compromised the framework of the average citizen and caused significant losses.

However, 3,793 Palestinians were killed, about 18,000 injured, and the bulk of Gaza's population uprooted, according to the UNCTAD report.


More than 1,500 commercial and modern projects have been affected, along with 150,000 family units and public frameworks including energy, water, sanitation, welfare, educational offices and government structures.

Due to the attack and the battles on Gaza, the need percentage jumped from 40 in 2007 to 56% in 2017, meaning that more than a million Palestinians do not have the resilience. The report estimates that raising these sections of the population above the extreme poverty line would require an injection of assets of up to $ 838 million, several times the amount required in 2007.

Somewhere in the range of 2007 and 2018, the economy of the Gaza Strip became less than 5%, and its supply in the Palestinian economy diminished from 31% to 18% in 2018. Accordingly, its per capita GDP contracted by 27%.

Meanwhile, the separation from the Gaza Strip did not prevent the Covid pandemic from reaching Gaza, which led to the deterioration of a basic condition in general. As of Monday, 14,768 people had contracted COVID-19, with 65 cases.

On Monday, Gaza welfare experts warned of an upcoming disaster if Israel continues to block beneficial access such as the division of basic welfare equipment and clinical supplies. Clinics and medical personnel need defensive clothing, ventilators, and beds.

"The welfare emergency is revealing underlying conditions that have worsened for more than 10 years," said Kozul Wright.

The UNCTAD official, leaning toward UN correspondents in Geneva, said he is happy that there has been an adjustment in Israeli-Palestinian relations under the strengthened US regulation of President-elect Joe Biden.

In 2018, the Trump Organization withdrew its support for UNRWA, the United Nations office that supports 5,000,000 displaced Palestinians in Gaza, the West Bank, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan.

The report called for an end to the standard in relation to the Security Council's goal 1860 (January 8, 2009) to allow the Gaza economy to reintegrate with the rest of the world and to reconfigure the basic foundation.

In addition, it required the rebuilding of the basic shared freedoms of individuals in Gaza, and their right to free development, medical care, study and work, and it was proposed to enable the lands of Palestine to develop the distinctive gas fields towards the sea that were found during the 1990s in the Palestinian region. The waters off the coast of Gaza.

These revenues will allow for some cash delay and support to reproduce the basic framework.