Gaza still in ruins two years after war, says Oxfam

A girl sits on the ruins of her family's home that witnesses say was destroyed by Israeli airstrikes in the Beit Hanoun neighbourhood of Gaza CityOxfam is calling on world leaders to push for an end to Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip, which it says is in dire condition two years after the last war ended there in July 2014. “The blockade seriously impedes rebuilding and recovery of the Gaza Strip,” said Oxfam regional director Chris Eijkemans. “Until it’s removed, it will be impossible for Palestinians who live in Gaza to change their lives and live them in dignity, freedom and security,” he said.gazarubble

The organisation said many parts of the Gaza Strip are still in ruins, with less than 10% of the 11,000 homes destroyed in the war having been rebuilt. It said that 75.000 Palestinians remain homeless, entire neighbourhoods are without water, and destroyed hospitals and clinics haven’t been rebuilt.(ANSAmed).


Palestinian children take part in a protest against aid cuts

Palestinian children hold bread patties during a protest against aid cuts, outside the United Nations’ offices in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip.

Protest against the visit of Vice President Mike Pence in Jerusalem

A Palestinian moves a burning tire during clashes with Israeli troops at a protest against the visit of Vice President Mike Pence in Jerusalem, near the Jewish settlement of Beit El, near the West Bank city of Ramallah. Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas’s Fatah faction called for a massive demonstration next week to protest against a visit to Jerusalem by US Vice President Mike Pence, after Washington said it would recognize the holy city as Israel’s capital. Breaking with decades of US policy, President Donald Trump also said on December 6 that he would move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
In New York, Egypt circulated a draft resolution that would affirm that any change to the status of Jerusalem has no legal effect and must be rescinded. Diplomats said the council could vote on the proposal as early as Monday, with the United States expected to use its veto power to block it but with most, if not all, of the 14 other council members backing the measure. Trump’s declaration has stirred global condemnation and sparked angry protests across Arab and Muslim countries, as well as deadly clashes in the occupied territories between Palestinians and Israeli forces.

International call for Israel to release Palestinian prisoners

Palestinian demonstrators run as tear gas is fired by Israeli troops during clashes at a protest calling for the release of Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails, in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, near Ramallah.

Tens of Thousands Mark Yasser Arafat Death Anniversary in Gaza

Tens of thousands of Gaza Palestinians marked the 13th anniversary of the Palestinian President Yasser Arafat’s death for the first time since the Islamic Hamas group seized the territory a decade ago. In the wake of a brewing reconciliation between Hamas and the Fatah party Arafat founded, Fatah supporters flocked to al-Saraya Square in Gaza City from all over the coastal enclave to commemorate the event, waving their yellow flag, raising posters of Arafat and donning his trademark kaffiyeh headgear.