World Bulletin / News Desk
Around 80 percent of factories in the Gaza Strip have stopped working, either completely or partially, because of a tightening Israeli blockade, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) said on Sunday.
In a statement, the pan-Muslim body Gaza office said Israel continues to prevent the entry into Gaza of hundreds of raw materials, bringing factories to a standstill.
The people of Gaza complain that frequent border closures by Egypt, along with an eight-year-old Israeli siege, have worsened the economic and humanitarian situation in the coastal enclave.
Egypt has tightened its grip on the border with Gaza since last July, when the army ousted Mohamed Morsi, the country's first freely elected president.
Egyptian authorities accuse Hamas, which has governed Gaza since 2007, of interfering in Egypt's domestic affairs and carrying out attacks inside the country – charges Hamas emphatically denies.
The OIC said the lack of raw materials caused Gaza's economic machine to conk out, forcing thousands of workers and engineers in the construction sector into unemployment.
Around 100 textile factories have come to a complete stop, the organization added.Last Mod: 14 Nisan 2014, 09:56