The humanitarian conditions in Palestine – where poverty and food insecurity affect 53 percent and 68.5 of the population respectively – are alarming, and follow the collapse of all productive sectors, basic social services and infrastructures. Palestine’s socioeconomic fabric is faltering due to the cumulative impact of 12 years of sea, land and air blockade. Movement restrictions associated with COVID-19 have further increased vulnerabilities.
On top of existing challenges faced by its occupants, such as lack of water, electricity, and health services, they are now at risk of a full-blown COVID-19 outbreak. Over 60% of families are living below the poverty line as a result of the continuing blockade and lack of employment opportunities that exacerbates the problem and one million depending on humanitarian aid.
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