‘Surge’ in Gaza suicides | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, July 08, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:54 AM, July 08, 2020

‘Surge’ in Gaza suicides

At least 17 people have taken their own lives in the impoverished Gaza Strip this year and hundreds more have made suicide attempts, a Palestinian rights group said Monday.

Israel has imposed a stifling land, sea and air blockade on the Gaza Strip for over a decade, after having withdrawn from the densely populated enclave in 2005.

Activists say "extreme poverty", difficult living conditions and a lack of freedom of expression were all factors behind these suicides.

According to the United Nations, unemployment before the spread of the coronavirus stood at around 43 percent of Gaza's estimated two million inhabitants, while 80 percent depended on aid to survive.

 

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