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Poverty indicators in Gaza the highest in world: Hamad
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Gaza, ALRAY - Poverty indicators in Gaza strip are the highest in the world; the efforts of governmental, local, international institutions are relief efforts, the undersecretary of the Ministry of Social Development Ghazi Hamad said.

Hamad explained in a press conference Sunday on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, that the efforts of relief institutions meet just 50% of the needs of poor families, noting to the rapid changes that hinder any efforts for developments.  

He stressed the importance of excluding humanitarian issues from any political controversies, and improving the living environment of the population of the Gaza Strip; by opening the crossings and allowing citizens and goods to move freely.

He stressed the importance of activating the programs for the marginalized groups in Gaza Strip, and improving the quality of services provided by the Ministry of Social Development, as well as working to empower poor families through granting them a range of educational, health and economic facilities.

He noted to the importance of increasing humanitarian and relief assistance to the Palestinian people through international and regional institutions.

Palestinian territories, especially Gaza Strip faces deteriorated economic conditions due to Israeli aggressive measures.

Hamad pointed that Israeli siege on Gaza strip since 2006, restricting the movements of people and goods, and the Israeli aggressions against Gaza Strip in 2008,2012, 2014 create a difficult and complicated economic, social and political conditions.   

He added that this reality increase the rate of poverty and unemployment in Gaza Strip, that reached in 2019 nearly 75%,

70% of the population suffers food insecure, 33.8% are below the extreme poverty line, and 65.6% of poor families are refugees.

The database of Palestinian national program for July 2019 indicated that the number of families that benefitted from the program is 70645 that constituted 20% of poor families in Gaza.  

The data of the Palestinian National Program showed that 46910 families are of refugee families, who were evicted from their homes and properties by the occupation in 1948.

Hamad pointed out that 37% of the beneficiaries of the Palestinian National Program for Social Protection are headed by women, while the number of families benefiting from the cash transfer program is about 70 thousand families, 26 thousands of which headed by women.

15% of female heads of households benefiting from the National Social Protection Program are widows, and 24.7% of members of poor families are children.

He noted that 70% of  Gaza families are insecure, many Palestinian families forced to buy food and drinking water by borrowing due to poor food funding.

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