Head of the Popular Committee Against the Siege MP Jamal al-Khudari said that 100% of the Gaza Strip factories have been affected completely or partially by the Israeli siege and successive assaults.
Al-Khudari said in a press statement that Israel is deliberately targeting the Palestinian economy, especially the industrial sector. He explained that Israel is still imposing restrictions on the entry of industrial materials into Gaza under the pretext of dual use.
He pointed out that these measures have exacerbated the suffering of factory owners, workers and technicians. The direct and indirect losses are estimated at $70 million every month, including the sectors of industry, commerce, agriculture and business.
MP al-Khudari affirmed that 3,500 factories had already shut down in Gaza, noting that the poverty rate has reached 85% and unemployment rate exceeded 60%.
He stressed that lifting the siege is the solution to putting an end to the suffering of the Gaza Strip people, calling for exerting more effort internationally to pressure the Israeli occupation to lift the blockade.
Source: The Palestinian Information Center.