Israeli siege on Gaza left 30,000 Palestinians jobless

The Labor Union says the blockade imposed on the Gaza Strip by Israel had made 170,000 workers lose their jobs since 2007.

Israeli siege on Gaza left 30,000 Palestinians jobless

World Bulletin / News Desk

Around 30,000 out of Gaza's total of 330,000 workers have been left without work because of Israel's latest offensive on the Palestinian territory, Gaza's Labor Union said.

It added on Sunday that the blockade imposed on the Gaza Strip by Israel since 2007 had also made additional 170,000 workers lose their jobs.

The Labor Union said Israel had destroyed a large number of Gaza's factories, workshops, companies and commercial shops during its latest offensive on the Gaza Strip.

The number of Palestinians killed in Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip since July 7 has jumped to 2016, a Palestinian Health Ministry official said Sunday.

"Rescue teams have unearthed the body of a man from under the rubble in the eastern Gaza City residential neighborhood of Shujaya," Ashraf al-Qodra told Anadolu Agency.

"The Health Ministry has also registered the names of slain victims who had not been registered before," he added.

Many families buried their dead relatives during the Israeli offensive, which began on July 7, without registering them or obtaining death certificates, given the difficulties entailed in reaching hospitals at the time, al-Qodra explained.

He put the total death toll now at 2016 Palestinians, including 541 children, 250 women and 95 elderly Palestinians.

The health spokesman added that 10,193 other Palestinians - including 3084 children, 1970 women and 368 elderly people – were also injured in the Israeli attacks.

At least 64 Israeli troops were also killed in Gaza combat, while three civilians were killed by rockets fired from the Gaza Strip during the same period, according to official Israeli figures.

Palestinian and Israeli negotiating teams arrived earlier Sunday in Cairo to resume indirect talks as the Egyptian-brokered five-day truce entered its fourth day.

The Palestinians are demanding, among other things, an end to the Israeli aggression, the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip and a total lifting of the blockade imposed by Israel since 2007.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 18 Ağustos 2014, 09:27