Cases of child malnutrition double in Gaza because of blockadeBMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7338.632 (Published 16 March 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:632
- Owen Dyer
The Israeli blockade of Gaza has produced a health crisis among Palestinians, according to the charity Christian Aid, with cases of child malnutrition doubling in just one year.
More than 100 000 Palestinians from Gaza previously earned their living in Israel, but the closing of the border has driven most into unemployment. This loss of income has devastated the fragile Palestinian economy, producing a further 76 000 job losses locally.
Costa Dabbagh, director of the Middle East Council of Churches, which runs two clinics for women and children in Gaza City, said: “We are treating more underweight and malnourished children, and this is a problem of the economy. Gaza suffers from 85% unemployment. Food is available here—we are not short of anything. But it is …