UN: Gaza unemployment rises to 49 percent

December 18, 2008 14:47


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A UN report says the blockade of Gaza has created a "profound human dignity crisis." The report says Gaza's 1.4 million people are increasingly preoccupied with obtaining basic supplies such as water and food. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says unemployment now stands at 49 percent, up from 32 percent a year ago. Thursday's report says residents of Gaza City are without power for up to 16 hours a day. Half the city's residents receive water only once a week for a few hours. Eighty percent of the drinking water is substandard.

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