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Palestinian shanty town emerging south of Gaza City

February 17, 2014 at 11:16 pm


Dozens of Palestinian families are currently being forced to live on a plot of government land to the south of Gaza City in makeshift accommodation. Most of these families live in extreme poverty and are unable to find adequate shelter as a consequence of the five-year old Israeli imposed blockade of the Sector, as well as the crisis of continued unemployment.

These families live in tents, nylon or metal sheet dwellings which do not provide them with adequate protection from the cold and rain during winter, or from the heat during the summer months.

Over the last few months, charitable organisations have endeavoured to set up and build houses for these citizens; however the support available is limited. For those who manage to find themselves suitable accommodation in the area, local residents offer support to them to live better lives.

MEMO Photographer: Mohammed Asad