More than 1.4 million Palestinian men, women and children are trapped in the Gaza Strip. Their daily lives are marked with power shortages, little or no running water or water of poor quality, and deteriorating health care. Mass unemployment, poverty and food insecurity exacerbate the impact of the Israeli blockade which was brought into force in June 2007. In this campaign digest Amnesty International calls on the Israeli government to immediately lift the blockade; return all arable land inside Gaza; agree a fair fishing zone and ensure that Israeli security forces use force only when necessary to counter genuine threats.
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