Approximately 4,000 workers in Gaza lost their jobs since the outbreak of the coronavirus and at least 50 factories closed their doors, head of the General Federation of Trade Unions, Sami Al-Amassi, revealed yesterday.
In a press release sent to reporters, Al-Amassi said there are a total of 300,000-350,000 workers in Gaza, including 250,000 who are unemployed as a result of the 14-year Israeli siege on the Strip.
He called on the Ministry of Labour and donor countries to help provide temporary jobs for the unemployed in Gaza.
In October last year, prior to the spread of the coronavirus, the Ministry of Social Development in the Gaza Strip said poverty and unemployment rates in the Strip had reached nearly 75 percent.
Gaza, with a population of 2 million, has been under a hermetic Israeli siege since 2006, when the Palestinian group Hamas won the democratic legislative elections in occupied Palestine. Since then, Israel has carried out numerous bombing campaigns and several major wars, that resulted in the death of thousands of people.
Source: The Palestine Chronicle