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Report: 93,000 persons with disabilities in Palestine

December 4, 2019 at 5:03 am

A Palestinian disabled man throws a stone with a slingshot towards Israeli forces during “Great March of Return” demonstration at Israel-Gaza border, near Shuja’iyya neighborhood of Gaza City, Gaza on September 6, 2019 [Mustafa Hassona / Anadolu Agency]

The number of persons with disabilities in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip has reached 93,000 people or 2.1 per cent of the total population, a new report revealed.

The report published by the Central Bureau of Statistics to mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3rd; noted that 52 per cent of persons with disabilities are in the Gaza Strip and 48 per cent are in the West Bank.

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According to the Population, Housing and Establishments Census, 2017, the mobility disability accounted for the highest proportion of disabilities; where 47,109 persons with mobility disabilities constituted 51 per cent of the total persons with disabilities.

As many as 20 percent of persons with disabilities are children under 18 years of age.

The occupied Palestinian territory is one of the highest places with persons with disabilities compared to the size of its population.