Gaza 'not liveable by 2020' - UN
06:44 Tue Aug 28, 2012
Report by: BBC News
The Gaza Strip will not be “a liveable place” by 2020 unless action is taken to improve basic services in the territory, according to a UN report.
Basic infrastructure in water, health, education and sanitation “is struggling to keep pace with a growing population”, according to the report.
It estimates Gaza’s population will rise from 1.6m to 2.1m by 2020.
Israel tightened a blockade on Gaza after the Islamist movement Hamas came to power in the territory in 2007.
Israel says the blockade, policed with Egyptian co-operation, is necessary to prevent weapons reaching Hamas.
The UN report estimates Gaza will need double the number of schools and 800 more hospital beds by 2020, and says the territory is already suffering from a housing shortage.
The report also says the coastal aquifer, the territory’s only natural source of fresh water, may become unusable by 2016.
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