UN: Gaza Could Become ‘Uninhabitable’ By 2020


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Israeli military action and economic blockade have rendered the coastal strip unfit for civilian life, report says.


An elderly Palestinian walks past a destroyed building in GazaAn elderly Palestinian walks past a building which was damaged in last summer’s war, in the Shijaiyah neighborhood of Gaza City, northern Gaza Strip, Monday, Feb. 23, 2015.

The Gaza Strip, ravaged by successive wars and nearly a decade of Israeli blockade, could become uninhabitable for residents within just five years, the United Nations development agency said Tuesday.

“The social, health and security-related ramifications of the high population density and overcrowding are among the factors that may render Gaza unliveable by 2020,” the U.N. Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) wrote in its annual report.

Gaza, a tiny enclave of about 225 square miles squeezed between Israel, Egypt and the Mediterranean Sea, is home to about 1.8 million Palestinians, making it one of…

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