The Times of Israel reports: The expansion of Gaza’s el-Zohor slum, where barefoot children play in the rusty skeletons of discarded vehicles surrounded by mountains of garbage, is a sign of the times in Gaza, where poverty is growing and there is little hope for the future.
While Gaza has always been poor, conditions for the 1.8 million people who live in the crowded seaside territory have worsened since the Islamic terrorist group Hamas seized power in 2007.
Soon after, Egypt and Israel, citing security concerns, imposed a blockade on the territory in a move that had a devastating impact on the local economy. Deepening the despair, Hamas, which avowedly seeks the destruction of Israel, has fought three wars against the Jewish state since the takeover. Some areas are still in ruins from the 2014 war and thousands of people are still displaced. The UN warned last year that Gaza could become “uninhabitable” by 2020 if current trends continue.