50,000 disabled people in Gaza


Nearly 50,000 people are living with disabilities in the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian Ministry of Social Affairs in Gaza revealed on the International Day for Persons with Disabilities.

Director-General of Social Security at the Ministry of Social Affairs Riyad al-Bitar affirmed in a press conference on Thursday that 50,000 disabled persons in Gaza Strip are the main victims of Israeli occupation.

Israel’s three aggressions and its 11-year siege on Gaza Strip left nearly 50,000 disabled persons, he revealed.

The Ministry has strenuously worked since the beginning of the year to unite efforts of the governmental and non-governmental sectors so as to make a data base for the disabled persons in Gaza, he said.

He called for making all possible efforts to end Israel’s siege on Gaza and to facilitate the Palestinian people’s movement.

He also called on governmental and non-governmental sectors to integrate persons with disabilities in the development process.

He asked the Palestinian Minister of Social Affairs Ibrahim al-Sha’ar and Palestinian PM Rami Hamdallah to meet the needs of persons with disabilities and ensure their access to all services.

(Source / 02.12.2016)


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