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UN: 80 Percent of Gazans Depend on Aid

UN: 80 Percent of Gazans Depend on Aid
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Gaza has endured more than three years under an all-out Tel Aviv-imposed siege, which has deprived the people of the impoverished coastal sliver of food, fuel and other necessities.

Director of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency in Gaza, John Ging, said the situation has not improved since May 31, when "Israeli" commandos carried out an attack on Freedom Flotilla -- a Gaza-bound aid convoy that was attacked by "Israeli" forces, dpa reported.

The fleet was carrying approximately 750 human rights activists and around 10,000 tons of construction material, medical equipment and school supplies, which were diverted to the "Israeli" port of Ashdod in the south of Tel Aviv.

The assault in international waters killed nine Turkish activists and injured about 50 others, prompting international outcry.

The unyielding embargo persists while Gaza is far from recovering from the December 2008-January 2009 "Israeli" war that killed over 1,400 Palestinians, inflicting a damage of above $1.6 billion on the enclave's economy.

"Israeli" military forces, meanwhile, regularly open fire on Gazans who resort to collecting and selling rubble to be able to cope with the dire circumstances.