Gazans celebrate Eid Al Adha in the shadow of war with Israel
Although a truce since May 21 has largely held, recovery in Gaza has been slow because of Israeli controls on goods entering the territory. After initially allowing only food and medical supplies through the Kerem Shalom border crossing, Israel last week began to allow most goods into Gaza apart from construction material and electrical goods.
Mustafa Mohammed, the owner of a clothes shop, said he was waiting for a shipment of clothes he had ordered from Turkey and worried about losing business this Eid as well.
“The situation is critical and our business is at risk,” Mr Mohammed told The National.
“Last Eid there was a war, and I was afraid of not being able to bring a new collection this Eid because of the border closure.”
Gaza’s economy has suffered under a blockade imposed by Israel after the militant group Hamas took control of the enclave in 2007. Unemployment is high and infrastructure has been battered by Israeli bombardment during several rounds of fighting since 2008.
Mr Mohammed and other traders said they were disappointed by Israel’s decision to block Qatar’s cash assistance to Gaza after the latest fighting. The monthly payments of about $10 million go towards helping families in need.
The one business sector that is booming is the sale of livestock to sacrifice for Eid, said Hassan Azzam, general director of veterinary services at Gaza’s agriculture ministry. Continue reading..[Via]