By Fatih Erel
GENEVA (AA) – UNRWA said that Palestinians are living unhealthy lives due to food insecurity and are being prevented from farming their lands by Israel.
Umaiyeh al-Khammash, head of UNRWA’s health services program in the West Bank, told Anadolu Agency on Thursday that “most Palestinians have health problems because they eat limited types of food like bread, potatoes and sugar. There is also a lack of fruits, vegetables and meat in the markets.”
Al-Khammash said that Israel, not only puts Palestinians in “open prisons”, but also prevents them from farming their lands.
“Gaza is one of the highest rated areas in the world with kidney failure because of the high percentage of dust in the water,” al-Khammash said. “Eighty percent of the Gaza Strip’s water is not fit for human consumption.”
The UNRWA official added that 42 percent of Palestinian youths between 14 and 24 are suffering from psychiatric illnesses as a result of poverty and the harsh political situation.
UNRWA was established in 1949 by the UN – following the establishment of Israel – to provide aid to some five million Palestinian refugees in Jordan, Syria and Lebanon and in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip.