In November, Gaza was hit by severe flooding forcing more than 100 schools to close. Now in January, Storm Huda hit Ramallah with snow and Gaza with more flooding. In Gaza, Palestinians have already been finding it difficult to keep warm or to find shelter from the weather due to the massive destruction rort by Israeli bombardment in mid 2014. With more than 500,000 displaced from their homes in July and August due to Israel's bombardment, almost 110,000 continue to remain homeless. Many have attempted to shelter in what is left of their homes, while most are living in tents with little shelter from the severe weather hitting Gaza this winter.
The inclement weather has resulted in several people dying, including children. On January 9, two month old baby Rafah Ali Abu Assi died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease as a result of the severely cold weather affecting the region. The child's family house had been severally damaged by Israel's bombing campaign. With no where else to go the family had attempt to continue living in their home despite the destruction.
I have included below some of his photos.
As we start the new year, the Palestinian struggle for self-determination and human rights continues. Please consider how you can support the Palestinian people and their struggle in your home town and country. Please join the Palestinian lead Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign and stand up for human rights, freedom and self-determination.
DAN COHEN IN GAZA - JANUARY 2015