Gaza living conditions constitute ‘humanitarian emergency’

A Palestinian boy drags a water filled jerrycan in a street in Gaza City, on August 21, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED ABED
Living conditions in Gaza have declined to their lowest ebb outside of war time, Medical Aid for Palestinians said on Thursday, describing the situation in the coastal strip a “humanitarian emergency.”
 
The Israeli blockade since 2007 has restricted the electricity flow, which damages vital infrastructure, the statement says. Water treatment and desalination plants cannot function effectively, causing pollution along 73 percent of the shoreline. A five year old boy died in July after swimming in the sea, becoming the first fatality linked to the pollution.