- Title: Gaza "unliveable" 10 years after Hamas seized power - U.N.
- Date: 11th July 2017
- Summary: GAZA CITY, GAZA (FILE - APRIL 27, 2017) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF GAZA POWER PLANT
- Embargoed: 25th July 2017 12:32
- Keywords: Israel Gaza United Nations Robert Piper Hamas Electricity
- Location: JERUSALEM/GAZA CITY, GAZA
- City: JERUSALEM/GAZA CITY, GAZA
- Country: Palestinian Territories
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA0066P9W4LJ
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- Story Text:NOTE: THIS EDIT CONTAINS MATERIAL WHICH WAS ORIGINALLY 4:3
A decade after the Islamist group Hamas seized control of Gaza, the Palestinian enclave is effectively unliveable for its two million people, with declining incomes, healthcare, education, electricity and fresh water, the United Nations said on Tuesday (July 11).
In a report examining humanitarian conditions in the territory, which Hamas took over after a brief conflict with forces loyal to the Palestinian Authority in June 2007, the U.N. concludes the situation in Gaza is deteriorating "further and faster" than was forecast only a few years ago.
Immediately after Hamas took power, Israel moved to isolate the militant group, restricting the flow of goods and people in and out of Gaza, limiting access to the sea and working with Egypt to enforce a blockade.
At the same time, Hamas has been in near-constant dispute with the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank, prompting the PA to limit financial transfers to Gaza and, in recent weeks, asking Israel to cut back electricity supplies.
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