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Gaza’s poor, reconstruction projects victims of Russia-Ukraine war

The Russia war on Ukraine took a toll on the Gaza Strip, where the vulnerable population is facing increasing hardships in securing basic necessities as a result of soaring prices, in addition to halting construction projects due to high prices of building materials.
Egyptian machinery work at the construction site of a new housing complex north of Gaza City, Gaza Strip, Jan. 11, 2022.

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Since the outbreak of the Russian war on Ukraine Feb. 24, Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have been affected by the crisis’ repercussions, which negatively reflected on the population’s living conditions, especially the poor and the most vulnerable. They have been affected by the soaring prices of some basic foodstuffs, such as wheat, cooking oil, sugar and some types of legumes.

Gaza imports wheat from Russia through Israel, and large quantities of vegetable oil from Ukraine. According to experts in the Ministry of Economy in the Gaza Strip, the current wheat stock in the coastal enclave would last for only two months.

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