Israeli jets launch airstrikes on Gaza 24Feb11 February 25, 2011

Press TV -  24 February 2011
Israeli jets have launched several airstrikes on the Gaza Strip, but no casualties have been reported.

The attack took place in the early hours on Thursday, AFP reported.

Earlier on Wednesday, Israel’s F-16 warplanes and Apache helicopters carried out multiple airstrikes across the Gaza Strip.

In June 2007, Israel and Egypt placed the territory under siege and imposed an unprecedented blockade on nearly all movement and supplies in and out of the coastal sliver.

Poverty, unemployment, lack of medicine and medical equipment are the main issues in the Gaza Strip, while most Palestinian children are physically stunted from malnutrition.

The United Nations has repeatedly warned of a humanitarian crisis for Gaza’s 1.5 million residents.

Even human rights groups have criticized the international community for its silence on the siege on the Gaza Strip and the 22-day Israeli war shattering the stagnant economy of the territory.

With poverty rate at almost 70 percent and unemployment hovering around 50 percent, many Gazans live on handouts from relatives and local aid agencies as they spend most of their dwindling monthly income on food.

Experts say the blockade will further deteriorate besieged Gaza’s economy and will increase unemployment and poverty rates.

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