Muhammad Hamad, the vice president of Metal and Engineering Industries Union, affirmed that Israel is preventing the entry of 85% of necessary equipment and metal materials to the Gaza Strip...
Ahlul Bayt News Agency - Muhammad Hamad, the vice president of Metal and Engineering Industries Union, affirmed that Israel is preventing the entry of 85% of necessary equipment and metal materials to the Gaza Strip causing the workers in this sector to sustain heavy losses.
Hamad said in an exclusive statement on Saturday that the siege imposed on the Strip by Israel has badly affected the metal and engineering industries sector; these effects started to surface since the beginning of the siege in 2006 but have aggravated lately.
He also mentioned that Israel prevented the entry of many kinds of iron under pretext of being used by the resistance; however, the Palestinians used to meet the demands of the local market by smuggling iron through the underground tunnels.
Hamad stressed that the crisis worsened after destroying the tunnels and the 1250 establishments of this sector stopped working. Furthermore, between 6000 and 6500 workers lost their jobs and thousands of other workers have been indirectly affected.
He pointed out that Israel only allows the entry of specific kinds of Zinc and tinplate ranging in thickness between 0.3 to 0.7 cm and are used for the international projects while the needs and requirements of the Gazans remain unmet.
The huge demand on the banned kinds led to a huge increase in their prices.
He highlighted that Israel is preventing the entry of the badly-needed materials under flimsy pretexts and its real aim is to destroy the Palestinian economy’s infrastructure.