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UN: Israeli forces killed 2,300 in Gaza under blockade
Published Friday 15/06/2012 (updated) 16/06/2012 15:06
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A Palestinian baby, whom hospital officials say was wounded in an Israeli
airstrike, lies on an x-ray table in a hospital in Deir al-Balah in central Gaza
on June 3. (Reuters/Ali Hassan)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces have killed nearly 2,300 Palestinians and injured 7,700 in Gaza over the last five years, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said Thursday.

Some 27 percent of the fatalities in Gaza were women and children, the UN agency said in a report highlighting the effects of Israel's blockade.

The land, sea and air blockade of Gaza entered its sixth year on Thursday.

Under the blockade, exports have dropped to less than 3 percent of 2006 levels.

"The continued ban on the transfer of goods from Gaza to its traditional markets in the West Bank and Israel, along with the severe restrictions on access to agricultural land and fishing waters, prevents sustainable growth and perpetuates the high levels of unemployment,
food insecurity and aid dependency," UNOCHA said.

Israel's naval blockade has undermined the livelihood of 35,000 fishermen, and farmers have lost around 75,000 tons of produce each year due to Israeli restrictions along Gaza's land border, it added.

Meanwhile, Israeli restrictions on imports have led to the growth of the smuggling trade. At least 172 Palestinians have been killed working in tunnels under Gaza's border with Egypt, the report said.

Despite the risks, young men are still drawn to tunnel work in Gaza, where more than half the youth is unemployed and 44 percent of people are food insecure.

Mark Regev, spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, said Thursday that the blockade was necessary because Gaza's ruling party Hamas is a "terrorist organization."

"All cargo going into Gaza must be checked because Gaza is controlled by Hamas, an internationally recognized terrorist organization," Regev told Reuters in response to a petition by 50 aid groups, including six UN agencies, calling on Israel to lift the blockade.
1 ) Gaymer Kharken / Malaysia
15/06/2012 10:06
''Although the IDF has the lowest ratio in the world, they attribute civilian deaths to Hamas' use of human shields, as well as other groups in Gaza that use human shields''. Source Wikipedia

2 ) Peter / International
15/06/2012 15:14
The problem is not that Israel checks the cargo. The problem is that it allows only less than 50% of import and less than 3% export cargo compared to numbers before blockade and Israel's campaign of destruction "Cast Lead".

3 ) Sherri Munnerlyn / US
15/06/2012 17:14
#1, I do not know what ratio you are saying is the lowest in the world, what I do know is human rights groups, like Amnesty, keep investigating this Israeli accusation that Palestinians use civilians as human shields, and they keep finding no support for this bogus claim. Fact is, Israel deliberately kills civilians

4 ) Roger / UK
16/06/2012 00:24
#3 I thing you are out of touch with reality. Many media reported that Hezbollah used civilians as human shields, their own wives, children, launching rockets from and hid amunitions in schools, hospitals even in most busy streets in Leb. Stop lying and face the truth. Hezbollah owe big compensation to their victims. - It is easy to admit it.

5 ) JohnWV / United States
16/06/2012 00:46
Five million Palestinians are now refugees because of purposeful, malicious and illegal violence of the racist apartheid Jewish state. A pariah among nations. Justice demands that UN and NATO impose resolution just as involuntary, disruptive and humiliating to Israel as Israel has wreaked upon occupied Palestine for generations. The Jewish State must recognize an armed Palestine with externally enforced autonomy, eviction of all settlers, true contiguity encompassing Gaza, the West Bank and Jeru

6 ) justice / canada
16/06/2012 04:56
Most civilized people around the globe consider the Israeli colonial machine to be the one of the worst terrorist and racist regimes of today as is clearly demonstrated by the daily reports documenting their brutality which has been going on for decades. Nobody believes the propaganda anymore.

7 ) Sherri Munnerlyn / US
16/06/2012 15:09
#4, I think you need to acquire some book learning, read Amnesty's reports, while you are at it, like their Cast Lead report. One thing you would learn is Hezbollah has nothing to do with Isreal's massacres of civilians inside Gaza, Hezbollah is a Lebeanese Resistance group, created to oppose Israel's Occupation of Lebanon, back around 1982. Another thing you would learn is that in 1982 Israel killed 17,000 civilians in Lebanon, you can read about that in Robert Fisk's Pity The Nation.

8 ) Richard Braverman / USA
16/06/2012 19:24
The criminality does not belong to Israel........... ...it belongs to the Western nations that have armed, funded and tolerated this monstrosity for the past one hundred years. To every citizen in the West who votes for harper, cameron, obama, merkel, hollande, or even the oppositions, your votes equal the deaths of children in Gaza, Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen, everywhere. By turning a blind eye to the evil of YOUR GOVERNMENTS and BANKS you are responsible for their crimes.

9 ) Sherri Munnerlyn / US
16/06/2012 23:22
Richard, I accept the US has responsibility, but whether one votes or does not, is not going to change things. I feel like the US, as well as Israel, the people are like the Jewish people when Isaiah lived, their hands covered in blood. And what was Isaiah's reward for pointing that out and speaking out against Injustice, they killed him. There it is, we must speak and take stands and put our own lives on the line to take a stand against Injustices, as the brave Palestinian hunger strikers do.

18/06/2012 06:35

11 ) Carlos / usa
18/06/2012 14:51
I would like to point out a dumb comment, ''Although the IDF has the lowest ratio in the world, they attribute civilian deaths to Hamas' use of human shields, as well as other groups in Gaza that use human shields''. This claim is made up. I do not know any independent humanitarian organization which compiles these numbers. israel has repeatedly used children as human shields. iDF purposefully targets civilians and non combatants to retaliate against. Typical israeli propoganda. israel lies!

12 ) carlos / usa
18/06/2012 15:00
#8 Richard Braverman / USA I agree with much of your sentiment. I unfortunately have no options for a decent candidate. Obama is better than Romney. Both are extremely bad. I am going to vote for Green Candidate but it may be letting the worse of the two idiots in. Romney is more evil than Obama. Unfortunately the Green Candidate has no chance to win. Where I disagree with braverman. israel's criminal behavior is its own fault. I hope the israeli leadership goes to ICC.

13 ) Tobias / USA
18/06/2012 17:25
The day that Hamas accepts peace with Israel, the Blockade will end, so
the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs should have BLAMEd HAMAS MILITANT forces, for refusing to accept peace, which
"killed 2,300 Palestinians & injured 7,700 in Gaza over the last five years" !!

14 ) mike / usa
20/06/2012 01:33
were I a palestinian, just a regular person not a corrupt supposed leader, I'd demand peace from the leaders, they eat well while the ordinary people starve.

15 ) Chimo / USA
21/06/2012 19:39
# 13 and 14 have it right. The rest of you Israel haters are blind to the fact that the Palestinians control their own fate. Palestinian leaders from Hamas and the PA continue to live quite well while the rest of the population suffers. Those of you who keep lying and propagating other falsehoods about how Israel likes to intentionally kill civillians are just hopeless losers.

16 ) Richard Braverman / USA
22/06/2012 21:28
. . To Tobias, Mike, Chimo and all other Jewish/Zionist/Israeli apologists. Wake up to 100 years of Israeli psychopathic theft, deceit, and murder. I do not hate Jews. I do not hate Zionist. I do not hate Israelis. I hate criminals. murders, and liars. I hate racial supremacists. When Israelis, Zionists and Talmud Jews stop behaving like insane monsters, stop stealing, cheating, and murdering, I will stand with them to build their homes, gardens and nation. How far will you go? . .

17 ) Rafael / Brazil
23/07/2012 09:22
4 ) Roger / UK Human Rights Watch, too, has found that claims that Hezbollah used human shields during the 2006 were fake. On the other hand, there's plenty of decumentation - leaflets the IDF throw out to the Lebanese, Israel newspaper articles (read about the "Dahiya Doctrine"), etc. - that show beyond doubt that it was IDF policy to target civilians in the 2006 war.
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