Australian restrictions leaves Gazan's without meat

Despite the tradition of sacrifice, this Eid many Muslims in Gaza were unable to slaughter an animal as a result of restrictions put in place by Australian livestock exporters.

Australian restrictions leaves Gazan's without meat

World Bulletin / News Desk

On the occasion of Eid Al-Adha, it is traditional for Muslims to slaughter an animal, usually a sheep, and share the meat with the poor and needy. This year, however, the residents of Gaza have been unable to afford to buy animals for the Eid sacrifice due to the severe shortages hitting the Strip.

The current shortage is a result of restrictions imposed by Australia on exporting animals directly to Gaza.

A photographer in Gaza, Mohamed Asad, for Middle East Monitor explained that the restrictions by Australia was “in protest at the way the animals are treated” in Gaza. “This is the reason for the severe shortage of animals in Gazan markets,” he added.

Israeli animal traders imported animals to channel to the Gaza Strip fromto help with the restrictions however authorities in Gaza refused to allow it as the livestock as it was infected with foot-and-mouth disease. Consquently, the price of livestock has soared meaning ordinary Gazans are unable to afford this small annual luxury, Asad said.

The price of one kilogramme of lamb or cow’s meat in Gaza currently stands at more than $10, 25 per cent higher than previous years.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 25 Eylül 2015, 15:05