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>> Runs the biggest plastic factory in the Palestinian territories. But put simply, the odds are against you in Gaza. His factory is only running at 50% capacity, nobody can afford the goods, and on average Gaza only has about four hours of electricity a day. It's also on the border with Israel.
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And recent protests here have forced him to keep closing it for fear of employees could be shot at.>>
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> There's been employee layoffs and salaries have been cut. Such is the reality where around half of the population are unemployed. Gaza is under blockade from Egypt and Israel. That means people and goods in this narrow strip of land, can't move in and out freely. Not only has this shattered the economy But it's worn down its peoplewho liken living here to an open air prison.
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>> One thing that really strikes you about coming to Gaza is just how young the population is. According to the UN, almost half of Gazans are under the age of 18. And if you're an 11 year old child you've already witnessed three wars. Lived your entire life under blockade, and almost certainly never left this 25 by 7 mile strip of land.
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>> It's that bleak outlook for Gazan's next generation that's helped drive these recent mass protests. The numbers have dramatically dropped. But Hamas insists they'll continue and deny any pressure from Egypt to scale them back. But with the Muslim holy month of Ramadan beginning, many doubt the same numbers will return to the border while fasting.
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It's a time when families gather to break their fast at sundown. But with 80% of Gaza's 2 million population aid dependent, the mothers like Nuhah, they just worry how they'll put food on the table.>> We only eat grains and rice. We can't afford meat, she tells me.
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If these protests have done anything, they've put the plight of Gazans back on the front pages. But there doesn't appear to be any political appetite for these protests to escalate. So as the media attention dies down, the daily grind of life goes on, in a place that the UN warns is becoming unlivable.