The unemployment rate among Palestinians has reached 70 percent as a result of the bloody Hamas-Israel conflict, the Palestinian labor minister said Thursday.
Nasri Abu Jaish said in a press statement that "we lost thousands of workforce and employers as a result of the continuous violent bombing of tens of thousands of buildings and residential units."
Currently, more than 350,000 Palestinian workers have become jobless, a large portion of whom are homeless, Jaish said.
Moreover, Israel arrested 4,000 workers from Gaza, fired dozens of thousands of Gazan workers, and expelled many others to the West Bank after they were subjected to detention and investigation, the minister said.
Since Oct. 7, Israel has launched relentless airstrikes and a ground offensive in Gaza, in retaliation for the Hamas surprise attack on southern Israel. Israel has also imposed a tightened blockade on the Palestinian coastal enclave, cutting off the supplies of electricity, water and food to Gaza.