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Over 1,000 Palestinians dead due to Israel siege on Gaza

A Palestinian family is seen inside their makeshift tent in Gaza City, Gaza on 13 February 2018 [Ali Jadallah/Anadolu Agency]

More than 1,000 Palestinians have died as a result of the ongoing 11-year Israeli siege imposed on the Gaza Strip, Arab48 reported.

Coordinator of charities Ahmed Al-Kurd said that “450 of the victims died due to the fallout of the healthcare system and the lack of medicines, medical equipment and treatment transfers.”

“Using candles, wood and electricity generators caused fires at homes and factories that killed people,” he said, estimating that around 100 Palestinians died as a result.

Al-Kurd also said that 350 Gazans died while they were working in the tunnels, which are the only lifeline for Gaza, or they were killed by the Israeli occupation’s navy while they were fishing; most recently yesterday.

“Today, we launch a resounding scream to the world: save Gaza from these disastrous conditions,” Al-Kurd said, asking: “How long will you wait and how many more victims do you want in order to take action?”

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He described the Gaza Strip, home to more than two million residents, as “a disaster-stricken zone at all levels,” calling on the world to find an urgent solution to the electricity crisis.

Al-Kurd called for the Palestinian government based in Ramallah to provide for the medical needs, humanitarian aid and salaries of Gaza’s residents, as well as to work to open Gaza’s crossings.

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