Monday, 8 June 2015

Gaza’s grandparents endure one trauma after another

From the Electronic Intifada - Rizka Abu Rujeila, 70 years old, holds her grandson outside the hospital in Khan Younis, southern Gaza, on 24 July. The boy was injured during an attack on the village of Khuzaa. Most residents fled following Israel’s ground invasion and some were attacked as they attempted to leave the village. Khuzaa was cut off for days from the rest of Gaza; Israeli soldiers prevented access to medical workers and journalists. Some residents sought refuge at the hospital, which was overwhelmed by the number of dead and injured.

Most of Gaza’s population is very young: the median age is 18, and nearly 45 percent of the Strip’s 1.8 million residents are 14 years old or younger.

Attention was rightly paid to the plight of Gaza’s children during Israel’s 51 days of bombing last summer. But elderly Palestinians are also among the population’s most vulnerable, and have been subjected to repeated trauma during their lifetime...

Anne Paq is a French freelance photographer and member of the photography collective ActiveStills.

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Gaza families visit relatives jailed in Israel

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Forty-eight Palestinians from the Gaza Strip crossed into Israel Monday morning via the Erez crossing to visit relatives jailed in Israel’s Eshel prison.

The International Committee of the Red Cross in Gaza City said in a statement that they are expected to visit 36 prisoners, adding that there were no children among the visitors.

The ICRC "Family Visits Program" for Gazans was suspended by Israeli authorities in June 2007 when Hamas came to power in the coastal enclave.

All communication between Gazan prisoners and the outside world was effectively cut off, prisoners' rights group Addameer reported, and during a Palestinian prisoners' hunger strike in April 2012, one of the prisoners' key demands was that the program be reinstated. more

7 Palestinian workers narrowly survive Gaza tunnel collapse

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – Seven Palestinian workers narrowly escaped death after a smuggling tunnel collapsed beneath the southern Gaza Strip’s border with Egypt, sources told Ma'an.

Sources said that Palestinian Civil Defense rescue teams had managed to pull out the workers who were trapped under rubble after the tunnel collapsed while they were inside it.

Smuggling tunnels that pass beneath the Egyptian border have served as a lifeline to the outside world for Gaza's 1.8 million inhabitants since Israel imposed a crippling siege on the coastal enclave in 2007, which is supported by Egypt.

While the tunnels are used by Hamas as a source of tax revenue and inflow of weapons, they also supply highly-demanded necessities for Gazans including food, medicine, as well as infrastructure materials including concrete and fuel.

At the the tunnel economy's height, in 2010, the Peace Research Institute Oslo estimated that as many as 15,000 workers and 25,000 traders were involved in the Gazan tunnel economy, while in 2012, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs estimated that almost four times more construction material was reaching Gaza through tunnels than through Israeli crossings.

However, the industry has declined since 2013 as both Egyptian and Israeli armies bombarded and destroyed the tunnel networks.