Isolated Gaza Has Unemployment Rate of 44 Percent
By LAMA HASAN
CAIRO June 4, 2010—Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, desperate for medical and other supplies, are watching the high seas confrontation between Israel and blockade runners with a combination of sadness and anger.
In the hours after Israeli commandos captured a flotilla of six ships in a bloody fight that left nine people dead earlier this week, Palestinians were furious.
Streets were ”packed with Palestinians, many headed out to the harbor where the ships were due to dock,” Amjad Shawa, coordinator for the Palestinian Non-Governmental Organizations, told ABC News. “There was anger, sadness and shock. No one expected the Israelis to attack and commit such bloodshed.”
Shawa said that among the tons of supplies on the ships that were intercepted were 500 electric wheelchairs destined for paralyzed children.
”They didn’t even want the chairs anymore when they heard what was happening. They just wanted the safety of the civilians on the ships,” Shawa said.
Another attempt to run the blockade loomed today as a ship named the Rachel Corrie neared the blockade zone and Israel vowed to stop it from reaching Gaza’s shore too. [Note: the Rachel Corrie MV has now been seized by Israeli troops, and prevented from reaching Gaza]. Continue reading