ACTNews, GAZA — Israel's 11-day attack in May caused huge material losses in Gaza Strip. Estimates of the damage caused by the Israeli strikes range between USD 290 million to USD 380 million.
Gaza Strip, which is one of the most densely populated areas in the world with a population of two million Palestinians, is in dire conditions. Based on the World Bank Press Release, A Rapid Damage and Needs Assessment (RDNA) reveals up to USD380 million in physical damage and USD 190 million in economic losses. Recovery needs have been estimated at up to USD 485 million during the first 24 months.
The condition is getting worse. The alarming unemployment rate in Gaza is roughly 50%, and more than half of its population lives in poverty. Following May’s hostilities, 62% of Gaza’s population were food insecure.
According to the RDNA, the estimated value of the physical damage caused by the conflict ranged between USD 290 to USD 380 million. The social sectors were hit the most (USD 140 – 180 million), making up more than half of the total damage. Housing alone represents almost 93% of the total damage to the social sectors. The second most-severely-affected sectors are the productive and financial sectors, with agriculture and services, trade and industry at the fore.
Quoted by Aljazeera, The United Nations said approximately 800,000 people in Gaza do not have regular access to clean piped water, as nearly 50 percent of the water network was damaged in the bombing. Meanwhile, electricity is only on for a few hours each day. The coronavirus pandemic, which is still engulfing all countries, has exacerbated health care. Hospitals in Gaza have limited medical equipment and medicines.
At the end of June, ACT team came to help the recovery of Gaza through several programs. One of them was the distribution of food packages. ACT distributed hundreds of food packages in Gaza.
“Two teams from ACT Palestine distributed food packages to two areas. In Johr Aldeek, the number of beneficiaries reached up to 410 people, while in Zaitun, the number of recipients reached 360 people," said Said Mukaffiy from ACT’s Global Humanity Response team.
This distribution was able to be carried out thanks to the generosity of the Indonesian benefactors. ACT provided food packages for victims of Israeli aggression as well as poor families and orphans.
"We invite all Generous Friends to take part in supporting the Palestinians. They are still waiting for our helping hand to keep fighting against oppression and for independence," said Mukaffiy.