Palestinian children stand behind a fence as people wait for the return of their relatives from the annual Haj pilgrimage in Mecca, at Rafah border crossing in the southern Gaza Strip.
Oxfam 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.
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).
A five-year-old Palestinian boy who survived a firebomb attack by Jewish settlers met Real Madrid players during a training session. Ahmad Dawabsheh, the sole survivor of a Palestinian family whose house was burned down by Israeli extremists last year, was invited by Real Madrid and met the club’s players in the Santiago Bernabeu stadium.