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Gaza food industry struggles from lack of electricity, fuel
Published Thursday 21/11/2013 (updated) 25/11/2013 09:39
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The food industry is struggling in Gaza due to the ongoing Israeli economic blockade and intermittent access to electricity, a factory owner told Ma'an Thursday.

"In light of regular power cuts, working hours have been reduced, and so the factory can't provide the Gaza market with the necessary amount of food," Mahir Alay said.

Facing issues such as lack of raw material, lack of fuel, faulty generators, and daily 12-hour-long power cuts, Alay said factories throughout Gaza have begun laying workers off.

"Production cost has increased, and so I have (been forced) to reduce the number of factory workers," he said.

Similarly, the director of production at a biscuit factory in Gaza told Ma'an that his factory has been unable to maintain market demand due to shortages of fuel and electricity.

His factory has been suffering financially as a result of dire economic conditions in Gaza.

Lack of diesel fuel is a result of the tightening of a 7-year-long blockade imposed on the territory by Israel with Egyptian support.

The Gaza Strip has been under a severe economic blockade imposed by Israel since 2006.

The blockade has severely limited the imports and exports of the Gaza Strip and has led to frequent humanitarian crises and hardship for Gazans.
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1 ) Mel's toothbrush / USA
21/11/2013 19:44
You would have thought Iran, with it's 12 Sejil and 18 Ghadr missiles could divert some of it's own known biscuit factory capabilities. And fire off a payload of Iranian biscuits to the Hamas ruling class to eat, and sell on the black market.

2 ) Gobby / UK
21/11/2013 20:03
I have no doubt the two new lion cubs Fajr (meaning dawn in Arabic, and also the name of the rockets fired into Israel by Arab from Gaza) and his sister Sijil, born in the Bisan amusement park in the northern Gaza town of Beit Lahiya, are not going hungry. The cub’s parents were smuggled into Gaza four years ago through the network of tunnels from Egypt.

3 ) jesse / usa
21/11/2013 20:27
so according to the first paragraph, egypts blockade has nothing to do with this issue

4 ) Outlier / USA
22/11/2013 19:48
Cannot find fuel to farm, but have fuel to launch missiles at the neighbors. Eventually Hamas will figure out only one of these activities grows food.

5 ) Johnny benson / USA
23/11/2013 06:25
Alas....sorry to report that those lion cubs died...so sad

6 ) Mel / USA
23/11/2013 19:18
#2:Gobby: Sorry but the 2 cubs died due to Israel's siege not allowing(vaccines)medicines in,as well as all the medicines to save the HUMAN LIVES of 1.8 MILLION trapped Gazan's,half of whom are BABIES,CHILDREN & many more elderly & sick.Sieges & sanctions are weapons of COLLECTIVE punishment put in place by a few 'powerful' people,abusing rule of law to hurt the innocent,already-poverty-stricken. It's state-sponsored ATTRITION,knowing that black-marketeering will profit from human loss÷!

7 ) Horace Hangert / Spain
23/11/2013 20:14
@6 ''Sorry but the 2 cubs died due to Israel's siege not allowing(vaccines)medicines''. Any documentation for that assertion?

8 ) Tibi / Tubas
23/11/2013 20:42
1- Negotiations, Compromise, and Peace is THE ONLY SOLUTION, and since None of these will be considered by the Hamas Government, 2- GAZA'S SITUATION IS ENTIRELY HAMAS' FAULT !!!

9 ) JoeUSA / USA
24/11/2013 00:41
Many average innocent Alis in Gaza , wish just to work and feed their kids. They are not Hamas , Jihad , Likud , Meretz, Israel Beytinu or whatever party you like. They cannot change their geopolitical reality. They are always the ones who pay the price of Israeli cruelty with the blood of their kids , their destroyed crops and destroyed homes. Give the Alis a chance to live. Only then there will be true peace.

10 ) JoeFattal / USA
24/11/2013 22:12
The Palestinians in Gaza are caught right in the middle between Israel economic blockade and Egypt internal turmoil. The blockade will never be lifted. And Egypt will be strict with the flow of the Palestinians to Egypt. But then in reality the situation might be better as it seems. By having Egypt stricter on their borders it will stop Israeli intentions to push the Palestinians to Egypt which I believe they intend to do it when or if they get through with Jerusalem and the West Bank.
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