[...] The Gaza Strip will soon become entirely dependent on foreign aid and face “disastrous consequences” if the Hamas-run territory remains sealed off, the UN cautioned on Thursday, while a Palestinian business group warned that at least 120,000 more Gazans could lose their jobs . . .What's the worry? If extremism takes hold, won't the Swords of Islam or some other activist group just blow it up?
The blockade has put Gaza’s fragile economy in danger and the window of opportunity for addressing the crisis “is small and fast closing”, said Filippo Grandi, the deputy head of UN Relief and Works Agency, the international body responsible for Palestinian refugees . . .
Grandi appealed to “the Palestinian Authority, Israel and all other parties” to open the crossings, saying failure to do so would lead to “disastrous consequences, an atmosphere of hopelessness and despair in which extremism likely to take hold” . . .
Thursday, August 09, 2007