Saturday, 20 February 2016

Women's unemployment reaches "astronomical" levels in Gaza, group says

The unemployment among women in the Gaza Strip has reached more than 60 percent, a women’s organization said on Saturday.

Fida Abu Darbi, the executive officer for the Association Of Women’s Work Committees, said the unemployment of women in Gaza had reached "astronomical" levels at 63.3 percent.

Abu Darbi's comments were made during a seminar organized by the association, titled "Unemployment among female graduates" in Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip.

The Association's head in Gaza, Arij al-Atrash, said unemployment was the biggest issue facing the Palestinian economy in Gaza, as the crippling Israeli blockade on the enclave has severely limited opportunities for job creation.

The UN has warned that unless current trends are altered, Gaza could become uninhabitable for residents in just five years. more

Funeral held for Palestinian shot after attempted car attack

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) -- Mourners marched on Saturday in the funeral of a 20-year-old Palestinian shot dead the day before after attempting to ram his car into Israeli soldiers in the occupied West Bank village of Silwad.

Locals told Ma’an that Silwad residents were joined by Palestinians from neighboring villages for the burial of Abed Raed Abdullah Hamad.

The funeral procession began from Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah. Hamad’s body was taken via ambulance to his family home in Silwad northeast of the city, where relatives bid him a final goodbye.

Hamad was then laid to rest in the village cemetery following funeral prayers.

Hamad’s mother told reporters during the funeral that he had driven her to a relative’s home before he carried out the attack. more