In the Gaza Strip, the United Nations warned this week the Palestinian territory has become unlivable for its 2 million residents due to Israel’s stifling blockade. This is Robert Piper, the U.N. humanitarian aid coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory.
Robert Piper: “I see this extraordinarily inhuman and unjust process of strangling, gradually, 2 million civilians in Gaza that really pose a threat to nobody. … Across the board, we’re watching de-development in slow motion. Every indicator, from energy to water to healthcare to employment to poverty to food insecurity, every indicator is declining.”
The warning came as Israeli-imposed restrictions on electricity have left Gazans with barely two hours of power per day. The blackouts were supported by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who saw them as a way to pressure his political rivals in Hamas.