Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Israel’s bombs and blockade cause child labor to rise in Gaza

From the Electronic Intifada - Muhammad is only 12 yet he already has to work. Each morning at 7am he takes to Gaza’s streets, where he sells sandwiches from a little stall.

“I have no choice,” he said. “Our house was completely destroyed in last year’s war.”

Because of that destruction, Muhammad had to help support his family. Consisting of five girls, four boys and their parents, the family now lives in a rented flat.

Muhammad earns approximately 30 shekels ($7.70) per day, all of which he hands over to his parents, who have no regular income.

After working for a few hours in the morning, Muhammad goes to school. His older brother takes over the stall until Muhammad’s classes end.

“I like my school,” said Muhammad. “I know that getting a good education is my surest way for a decent life. But this is life in Gaza. It’s a kind of living hell.” more

Soldiers open fire on homes at ‘Aida Refugee Camp, in Bethlehem

Israeli soldiers fired, on Wednesday at dawn, several rounds of live ammunition on a number of homes in the 'Aida refugee camp, north of the West Bank city of Bethlehem.

Media sources said the soldiers, stationed on the military tower of the Annexation Wall, overlooking the refugee camp, opened fire on the homes without any apparent justification. The attack caused property damage.

In addition, soldiers invaded the northern part of Bethlehem, and drove through several neighborhoods before withdrawing.

The army also installed roadblocks on the main entrances of several towns, south and west of Bethlehem, and invaded Harmala area, in addition to al-'Obeydiyya town, east of Bethlehem. more