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Effects of the siege on Palestinians intensify as Eid approaches

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The effects of Israel's siege on the Gaza Strip are causing Palestinians significant suffering as they prepare for the Eid al-Adha festival next week.
 
Israel's economic embargo of the sector, which is now in its fourth year, prevents trade or the purchase of goods from outside the Occupied Territories and limits Palestinians to importing from Israeli farms. High prices in Israel have led to a significant increase in the price of goods in Gaza.


Palestinian farmers say that during the 2008/9 Israeli attack, they suffered the loss of more than 90% of their livestock and farms in the north of the sector. Despite the harsh conditions of the siege and the fact that the occupation authorities actively prevent the entry of sufficient amounts of livestock into Gaza, ranchers continue in their efforts to rear livestock and establish new farms.
 
Nevertheless, the siege has meant that few Gazans are able to buy a sacrificial lamb for this Eid.

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MEMO Photographer: Mohammed Asad

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