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Israel Strikes Gaza After a Rocket Is Fired

JERUSALEM Israeli fighter jets attacked targets in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, the military said, hours after a rocket fired overnight by militants in the territory struck a house in the southern Israeli city of Beersheba, a sharp escalation after months of simmering tensions along the Israel-Gaza border.

The residents of the house a woman and her three young children were treated for shock, according to the Israeli emergency services, and the Israeli military said a second rocket fell into the sea after it was fired overnight toward the crowded coastal area of central Israel.

The Israeli military said it had struck 20 targets in the Gaza Strip in response, including Hamas sites, but Hamas and Islamic Jihad, the other main militant group in Gaza, issued a joint statement soon after the first Israeli strikes distancing themselves from the rocket fire against Israel.

It would be unusual for a smaller, rogue group to fire longer-range rockets that can reach the central coastal area and, in any case, Israeli officials said they held Hamas responsible for the attacks. Hamas controls Gaza, and Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, a military spokesman, said only Hamas and Islamic Jihad possessed the midrange, locally produced rockets that were used overnight, which narrows it down.

Israel has fought three wars against Palestinian militant groups in Gaza over the last decade, with deadly and devastating consequences. The most recent was in 2014, a 50-day war in which thousands of rockets were fired out of Gaza at Israel and that ended only after widespread destruction to the territory.

Tensions have burst out in brief bouts of fierce, cross-border fighting at least twice in recent months but international mediators were able to quickly restore the fragile cease-fire.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel held consultations later Wednesday with his top security officials at the headquarters of the militarys Gaza Division. If these attacks do not stop, we will stop them, he said. Israel will take very strong action.

Israels security cabinet met Wednesday night to deliberate possible further retaliation, while in Gaza Palestinians braced for the potential of more airstrikes.

Still, analysts on the two sides said that both Israel and Hamas would be reluctant to enter into a broader conflict at the moment.

No one really wants to do it because we understand that the achievements are not going to be very impressive on the one hand, said Giora Eiland, a retired Israeli general and former national security adviser, and also Hamas is not interested in another cycle of violence because they suffer from many problems already and they do not want to bring their territory to another level of misery.

Among the targets struck by Israel was a Hamas tunnel leading into Israeli territory, according to the military. Israel also said it had targeted a squad of militants who were trying to launch more rockets into southern Israel. One Palestinian militant was killed, according to Gaza health officials, and three Palestinians were injured in earlier airstrikes on militant targets in Rafah, in southern Gaza.

The overnight exchange came after seven Palestinians were killed on Friday by Israeli fire during a particularly stormy day of protests. Four of the dead had crossed the fence that separates Gaza from Israeli territory and tried to reach an army snipers post, and one was armed with a knife, according to Israeli forces at the scene.

In recent weeks, the Palestinians have also resumed flying incendiary balloons from Gaza, some rigged with small explosive devices and others designed to set fires in Israel.

The Israeli defense minister, Avigdor Lieberman, warned during a visit to the Gaza Division on Tuesday, We have all come to the understanding that the situation as it is today cannot continue.

Mr. Lieberman, who is known for taking a hard-line stance toward the Palestinians, said Israel had tried using peaceful means to reduce tensions in the area, which have risen since border protests began in late March, including cooperating with international mediation efforts to restore and stabilize the cease-fire that ended the war in 2014.

We have exhausted all the options, all the possibilities, he said. Now is the time for decisions.

Husam Badran, a senior Hamas official, said in a statement that Mr. Liebermans threats do not scare even Palestinian children.

In the wake of the overnight rocket strike in Beersheba, Mr. Lieberman announced that Israel would close the border crossings between Israel and Gaza and restrict the fishing zone off the Gaza coast to three nautical miles.

Those measures came after Mr. Lieberman said he was halting transfers of fuel from Israel into the Gaza Strip in response to the violent protests on Friday. The transfers had been a first sign of progress after weeks of intensive efforts by Egypt and the United Nations to mediate a stable cease-fire between Israel and Hamas.

Hamas has been orchestrating weekly demonstrations along the Israeli border for the past six months to protest the blockade of the impoverished Palestinian territory.

The protests, which Palestinians call The Great Return March, are intended to highlight Palestinian demands to return to lands that became Israel, and to draw attention to the tight restrictions on the territory Israel has imposed, with Egyptian help.

Since the protests began, about 200 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire, according to the Gaza Health Ministry. Israel says it is responding to prevent breaches of the fence in violation of its sovereignty and to protect Israeli civilians living near the border.

One Israeli soldier has been killed, by sniper fire from Gaza. Palestinians and human rights groups have accused Israel of a heavy-handed approach to the protests that has led to the deaths of many unarmed civilians.

Nonetheless, the overnight rocket fire came as a surprise, coming soon after a delegation of senior Egyptian intelligence officials arrived in Gaza for meetings with Hamas officials to continue discussions toward reaching a truce with Israel and reconciliation between Hamas and its rival, the Palestinian Authority, in the West Bank.

The main Gaza factions suggested in their joint statement that the rocket fire was an attempt to sabotage the Egyptian mediation effort and described it as irresponsible. The Egyptian chief of intelligence postponed a visit to Gaza and the West Bank that had been scheduled for Thursday.

Sirens sounded in Beersheba around 3.40 a.m., sending residents running to safe rooms and shelters, but Israels Iron Dome aerial defense system appeared to have failed to identify the incoming rocket.

The military said that the rocket had hit the childrens bedrooms but that their mother had saved them by rushing them down to a bomb shelter as the siren sounded, with seconds to spare. Television images showed the house severely damaged, with a hole where the rocket had torn through the roof.

Ruti Hai, a neighbor, told Israeli television that it was a miracle that everyone survived. She described the mother of the house that was struck, a single mother, as a true hero.

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Gaza Emergency | UNRWA

The scale of human loss and destruction in Gaza during the 2014 conflict was catastrophic and has, in the words of the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, shocked and shamed the world. During the 50 days from 8 July until 26 August 2014, 2,251 Palestinians were killed, 1,462 of them are believed to be civilians, including 551 children and 299 women. Sixty-six Israeli soldiers and five civilians, including one child, were also killed. Overall, 11,231 Palestinians were injured during the conflict, including 3,540 women and 3,436 children. Roughly one third of these children will have to cope with permanent disabilities for the rest of their lives as a result of their injuries. Today, more than 300,000 children are in need of psycho-social support.

During the violence, over 142,000 housing units were impacted by the conflict, of which 9117 were completely destroyed and 5,417 severely damaged. The conflict led to a homelessness crisis in Gaza, with almost 500,000 persons displaced at its peak; 75,000 persons remain displaced to this day. Over the past two years, UNRWA has distributed US 190.7 million as part of its Emergency Shelter Programme. An additional US$720 million are required, of which US$ 257 were pledged, leaving a shortfall of US$463 million.

Also, 118 UNRWA installations were damaged, including 83 schools and 10 health centres. UNRWA has since repaired and rebuilt all of its damaged installations.

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I am Gaza, an old man who walks the path of carnage and bloodshed. Forgive me and my incivility, as I live in such a defiled land.

Gaza (, Gazeru, lit. “Gazelle”) is a lone warrior in Legend of Legaia who wanders the lower floors of Sol Tower, living the path of bloodshed and carnage. After Seru monsters killed his family he vowed to live the rest of his life killing the Seru in return.

Though he does not take life without reason, he will slaughter anyone who tries to prevent him from fulfilling his vow. His weapon of choice is the Astral Sword, a special sword made from the bones of dead Seru.

Gaza’s appearance is quite imposing, covered in silver armor from head to toe. Gaza has a spiked helmet which he can take on and off at will. It has a v-shaped slit in the middle that allows him to see with it on. When Gaza takes off his helmet he reveals his old age with his bald head and long, white beard. He is also said to have “cold and lifeless” eyes. His skill and strength are both incredible despite his age.

His shoulder armor has three spikes on each side and his chest armor portrudes forward and extends down to the bottom of his stomach. He also wears a silver belt or armor around his waist that has an extension down the middle that protects his crotch area. Gaza wears two thick metal armlets that cover his forearms and are shaped like cylinders that are hallowed out in the middle. His hands stick out of the sides of the armor and are covered by brown leather gloves.

His leg armor is separated into two pieces, one that covers his femurs and another that covers his lower legs. The amor covering his femurs protects the front of his legs and is attached by a ringlet that wraps around his hamstrings. The lower leg armor is much thicker, especially in the back part where large lumps of armor protect is calves. Gaza’s footwear is also made of the same Seru armor. Underneath Gaza’s armor is a dark purple suit that appears to be made out of a cloth material. It covers Gaza’s entire body, including his arms and legs.

The most distinguishable aspect of Gaza’s appearance is his Astral sword. The astral sword is actually two large purple blades that attach to the back of Gaza’s armlets. It is made with the bones of dead Seru. The Astral Sword eventually morphs into a single gigantic longsword.

Gaza was known for his mercilessness on the battlefield before the Mist appeared, being Sol’s best and most feared soldier. However, he was also known as a loving family man by the people of Sol. After the Mist appeared Gaza changed completely. He lived for nothing more but to slaughter Seru in the Mist. His obsession was such that others began to see him less and less, as Gaza would primarily interact with weapons dealers when he needed materials for Seru killing. Thus it can be said that Gaza is very disciplined and strong-willed. Gaza uses an archaic form of speaking and writes ancient calligraphy as a hobby, showing his old age. He appears to have gotten along with those around his age better than others.

Gaza was widely known throughout Karisto Kingdom as the deadliest warrior within Sol’s ranks, and superior to every individual soldier in Conkram’s army. For years he participated in the war against Conkram, and his reputation for how easily he slaughtered his enemies caused the soldiers of Conkram to run away at the sight of him. Gaza’s participation was no doubt helping Sol in their slow but steady sign of victory. However, appearing from out of nowhere the Mist consumed Sol Tower and countless civilians were turned into Seru monsters or killed, including Gaza’s entire family.

The civilians who escaped the Mist by retreating to the upper floors of Sol Tower where the Mist could not reach, lived in endless paradise. However, Gaza swore that he would spend the rest of his life slaying the Seru that destroyed his family.

Gaza mistakes the Ra-Seru heroes for Seru monsters.

Gaza is first encountered by the Ra-Seru heroes in the lower levels of Sol Tower, where he first misjudges them as Seru monsters. He soon realizes that Vahn, Noa, and Gala are not possessed by the Seru and tells them that there are survivors on the upper levels who will greet them. For a split second, he thinks he sees his granddaughter Mar’s face in Noa, but quickly realizes that it couldn’t be her for she died long ago. After the trio receives the Genesis Tree Seedling from Old Deez in the Sol Tower observatory, Gaza confronts them.

He tells the heroes that even though he bears them no ill will, he must kill them if they plan to drive away the Mist, as it would prevent him from fulfilling his vow. The Biron Warrior Monks attack Gaza all at once but are knocked unconscious by a single hit from the back of Gaza’s Astral Sword. Vahn, Noa and Gala reluctantly defend themselves against Gaza’s attacks and defeat him. But, before they can tend to his wounds, Songi appears on a floating platform and forcibly takes Gaza with him so he can be healed.

Gaza tries to stop the heroes from ridding Sol of the Mist

It is discovered by the Ra-Seru heroes that Gaza was once a kind family man who was fond of spending time with his son Theodore and grandchildren Mar and Belde. However, when the Mist invaded Sol, Gaza was unable to save his family and saw his son and two grandchildren murdered by bloodthirsty Seru monsters right before his eyes. After the death of his family, Gaza became an empty soul, never smiling or laughing, and having cold, lifeless eyes that seemed to stare right through a person. Gaza wandered the lower levels of the Sol Tower, living to perfect his swordmanship by taking revenge on the Seru monsters who wandered the Mist. The pain of losing his family caused him to not think at all about his actions, as many tried to tell him that the people possessed in the lower levels could have been his friends from before the Mist or family members of others, yet Gaza would not listen and continue to slaughter them anyway.

Gaza attacks with Sim-Seru power.

Gaza is once again encountered at the Warrior’s Square in the basement of Sol Tower when the Ra-Seru trio tries to plant the Genesis Tree seedling. Songi appears from a portal with Gaza and equips him with a custom-fitted Sim-Seru. The Seru madness overtakes Gaza’s mind and body, throwing him into a frenzy. Once more the heroes must fight him. Gaza proves to be even deadlier now, but is once again defeated.

The Sim-Seru separates from his body and dies, thus Gaza regains his sanity as he is slipping further into death, brooding that he failed to keep his vow by being defeated by the enemy. His wounds being too critical to heal, the Ra-Seru decide to merge Gaza’s spirit with the Genesis Tree seedling.

Gaza’s spirit is transferred to the Genesis Tree seedling.

His spirit is pure enough that it will provide the power for it to turn into a full-grown Genesis Tree seedling. Gaza agrees to become one with the Genesis Tree and it consumes his body, containing his spirit within it. As the heroes are about to leave, the Astral Sword floats down from the Genesis Tree, given by Gaza as a parting gift. After the heroes leave the Warrior’s Square, Noa turns around to look at the Genesis Tree once more and says “Old man…” before running off. Noa believes Gaza’s spirit watches over them from that point forward.

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Gaza’s old body betrays his incredible power. His speed and strength allow him to compete with the best of them even without wearing a Seru. In fact, he is able to decimate an entire group of Biron Warrior Monks in one quick blow with the back of his sword. When he equips the special Sim-Seru given to him by Songi in order to heal his wounds, it causes Gaza to become crazed and increases his strength immensely.

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Economic Monitoring Report to the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee

September 2018

Gazas economy is in free fall, marking minus 6 percent growth in the first quarter of 2018 with indications of further deterioration since then. While the decade long blockade is the core issue, a combination of factors has more recently impacted the situation in Gaza; including the decision of the Palestinian Authority (PA) to reduce the monthly payments by USD30 million to the area, the winding down of the US$ 50- 60 million per year of the US Government aid program, and the cuts to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency program.

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March 2018

After two years of stronger growth driven by post war reconstruction, the most recent data revealed growth of 2.4 percent in 2017 led by the West Bank – while in Gaza it was a mere 0.5 percent. Unemployment rates continued to be high – reaching 44 percent in Gaza – even with low labor force participation. A range of additional challenges emerged in 2017 and the economic outlook is highly uncertain.

September 2017

Despite its potential, the Palestinian economy is currently heavily distorted and failing to generate the jobs and incomes needed to improve living standards. Restrictions on trade and the access to resources, along with a decade long blockade of Gaza have hollowed out the productive base.

May 2017

In this report we have again taken stock of progress in addressing past Bank recommendations to the AHLC and while there are developments, overall progress from the GoI and the PA has been minimal, and the core constraints on the economy remain.

September 2016Thereportstates that, over the last decade, the Palestinian Authoritys (PA) fiscal consolidation efforts led to a decline in the deficit by 15 percent of GDP an achievement rarely seen in other places around the world. Nevertheless, the PAs finances remain fragile with declining budget support leading to a projected financing gap of about US$600 million in 2016.

April 2016 The report estimates that the Palestinian Authority (PA) is losing US$285 million in revenues annually under the current economic arrangements with the Government of Israel. These revenues can significantly ease the Authoritys fiscal stress, when transferred.

September 2015Reduced donor aid, war, suspension of revenue payments and ongoing restrictions by the Government of Israel have had a severe impact on the Palestinian economy. Palestinians are getting poorer for third year in a row The World Bank report calls for urgent measures to reverse trend.

May 2015Blockades and war have strangled Gaza’s economy and theunemployment rate is now the highest in the world at 60 percent. Thereportestimatesthat Gazas GDP would have been about four times higher than it currently isif it werent for the conflictsand the multiplerestrictions.

September 2014The recent conflict in Gaza will put further stress on an already struggling Palestinian economy with falling income per capita in 2013, projected to contract further by the end of 2014

September 2013The broad economic situation and the fiscal position are showing worrying trends with a financing gap of about USD320 million projected by year end. The report states that the most significant impediment to economic viability in the Palestinian Territories is the multi-layered system of restrictions imposed by the Government of Israel.

March 2013The report stresses that while the donor communitys efforts are directed towards short-term relief for Palestinian fiscal stress, it is important to recognize that the prolonged system of closures and restrictions is causing lasting damage to the competitiveness of the Palestinian economy.

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The lack of peace and reconciliation on the political horizon has created an unsustainable economic situation in the West Bank and Gaza. Even though donor aid had increased government-funded services and fueled consumption-driven growth from 2007 to 2012, this model of growth has proved unsustainable. Donor support has significantly declined in recent years, and naturally aid cannot sustainably make u…

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Life In Gaza Explained – YouTube

Gaza has been described as the world’s largest open air prison. Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip has had catastrophic results for average Palestinians living there. We look at the the unforgiving realities they face everyday. Watch more on Israel and Palestine: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list…

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Israel Strikes Gaza After a Rocket Is Fired

JERUSALEM Israeli fighter jets attacked targets in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, the military said, hours after a rocket fired overnight by militants in the territory struck a house in the southern Israeli city of Beersheba, a sharp escalation after months of simmering tensions along the Israel-Gaza border. The residents of the house a woman and her three young children were treated for shock, according to the Israeli emergency services, and the Israeli military said a second rocket fell into the sea after it was fired overnight toward the crowded coastal area of central Israel. The Israeli military said it had struck 20 targets in the Gaza Strip in response, including Hamas sites, but Hamas and Islamic Jihad, the other main militant group in Gaza, issued a joint statement soon after the first Israeli strikes distancing themselves from the rocket fire against Israel. It would be unusual for a smaller, rogue group to fire longer-range rockets that can reach the central coastal area and, in any case, Israeli officials said they held Hamas responsible for the attacks. Hamas controls Gaza, and Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, a military spokesman, said only Hamas and Islamic Jihad possessed the midrange, locally produced rockets that were used overnight, which narrows it down. Israel has fought three wars against Palestinian militant groups in Gaza over the last decade, with deadly and devastating consequences. The most recent was in 2014, a 50-day war in which thousands of rockets were fired out of Gaza at Israel and that ended only after widespread destruction to the territory. Tensions have burst out in brief bouts of fierce, cross-border fighting at least twice in recent months but international mediators were able to quickly restore the fragile cease-fire. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel held consultations later Wednesday with his top security officials at the headquarters of the militarys Gaza Division. If these attacks do not stop, we will stop them, he said. Israel will take very strong action. Israels security cabinet met Wednesday night to deliberate possible further retaliation, while in Gaza Palestinians braced for the potential of more airstrikes. Still, analysts on the two sides said that both Israel and Hamas would be reluctant to enter into a broader conflict at the moment. No one really wants to do it because we understand that the achievements are not going to be very impressive on the one hand, said Giora Eiland, a retired Israeli general and former national security adviser, and also Hamas is not interested in another cycle of violence because they suffer from many problems already and they do not want to bring their territory to another level of misery. Among the targets struck by Israel was a Hamas tunnel leading into Israeli territory, according to the military. Israel also said it had targeted a squad of militants who were trying to launch more rockets into southern Israel. One Palestinian militant was killed, according to Gaza health officials, and three Palestinians were injured in earlier airstrikes on militant targets in Rafah, in southern Gaza. The overnight exchange came after seven Palestinians were killed on Friday by Israeli fire during a particularly stormy day of protests. Four of the dead had crossed the fence that separates Gaza from Israeli territory and tried to reach an army snipers post, and one was armed with a knife, according to Israeli forces at the scene. In recent weeks, the Palestinians have also resumed flying incendiary balloons from Gaza, some rigged with small explosive devices and others designed to set fires in Israel. The Israeli defense minister, Avigdor Lieberman, warned during a visit to the Gaza Division on Tuesday, We have all come to the understanding that the situation as it is today cannot continue. Mr. Lieberman, who is known for taking a hard-line stance toward the Palestinians, said Israel had tried using peaceful means to reduce tensions in the area, which have risen since border protests began in late March, including cooperating with international mediation efforts to restore and stabilize the cease-fire that ended the war in 2014. We have exhausted all the options, all the possibilities, he said. Now is the time for decisions. Husam Badran, a senior Hamas official, said in a statement that Mr. Liebermans threats do not scare even Palestinian children. In the wake of the overnight rocket strike in Beersheba, Mr. Lieberman announced that Israel would close the border crossings between Israel and Gaza and restrict the fishing zone off the Gaza coast to three nautical miles. Those measures came after Mr. Lieberman said he was halting transfers of fuel from Israel into the Gaza Strip in response to the violent protests on Friday. The transfers had been a first sign of progress after weeks of intensive efforts by Egypt and the United Nations to mediate a stable cease-fire between Israel and Hamas. Hamas has been orchestrating weekly demonstrations along the Israeli border for the past six months to protest the blockade of the impoverished Palestinian territory. The protests, which Palestinians call The Great Return March, are intended to highlight Palestinian demands to return to lands that became Israel, and to draw attention to the tight restrictions on the territory Israel has imposed, with Egyptian help. Since the protests began, about 200 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire, according to the Gaza Health Ministry. Israel says it is responding to prevent breaches of the fence in violation of its sovereignty and to protect Israeli civilians living near the border. One Israeli soldier has been killed, by sniper fire from Gaza. Palestinians and human rights groups have accused Israel of a heavy-handed approach to the protests that has led to the deaths of many unarmed civilians. Nonetheless, the overnight rocket fire came as a surprise, coming soon after a delegation of senior Egyptian intelligence officials arrived in Gaza for meetings with Hamas officials to continue discussions toward reaching a truce with Israel and reconciliation between Hamas and its rival, the Palestinian Authority, in the West Bank. The main Gaza factions suggested in their joint statement that the rocket fire was an attempt to sabotage the Egyptian mediation effort and described it as irresponsible. The Egyptian chief of intelligence postponed a visit to Gaza and the West Bank that had been scheduled for Thursday. Sirens sounded in Beersheba around 3.40 a.m., sending residents running to safe rooms and shelters, but Israels Iron Dome aerial defense system appeared to have failed to identify the incoming rocket. The military said that the rocket had hit the childrens bedrooms but that their mother had saved them by rushing them down to a bomb shelter as the siren sounded, with seconds to spare. Television images showed the house severely damaged, with a hole where the rocket had torn through the roof. Ruti Hai, a neighbor, told Israeli television that it was a miracle that everyone survived. She described the mother of the house that was struck, a single mother, as a true hero.

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Gaza Emergency | UNRWA

The scale of human loss and destruction in Gaza during the 2014 conflict was catastrophic and has, in the words of the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, shocked and shamed the world. During the 50 days from 8 July until 26 August 2014, 2,251 Palestinians were killed, 1,462 of them are believed to be civilians, including 551 children and 299 women. Sixty-six Israeli soldiers and five civilians, including one child, were also killed. Overall, 11,231 Palestinians were injured during the conflict, including 3,540 women and 3,436 children. Roughly one third of these children will have to cope with permanent disabilities for the rest of their lives as a result of their injuries. Today, more than 300,000 children are in need of psycho-social support. During the violence, over 142,000 housing units were impacted by the conflict, of which 9117 were completely destroyed and 5,417 severely damaged. The conflict led to a homelessness crisis in Gaza, with almost 500,000 persons displaced at its peak; 75,000 persons remain displaced to this day. Over the past two years, UNRWA has distributed US 190.7 million as part of its Emergency Shelter Programme. An additional US$720 million are required, of which US$ 257 were pledged, leaving a shortfall of US$463 million. Also, 118 UNRWA installations were damaged, including 83 schools and 10 health centres. UNRWA has since repaired and rebuilt all of its damaged installations. More information is available here andon the #GazaOneYearLater campaign page and the Gaza eight years of blockade infographic

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Gaza | Legaia Wiki | FANDOM powered by Wikia

I am Gaza, an old man who walks the path of carnage and bloodshed. Forgive me and my incivility, as I live in such a defiled land. Gaza (, Gazeru, lit. “Gazelle”) is a lone warrior in Legend of Legaia who wanders the lower floors of Sol Tower, living the path of bloodshed and carnage. After Seru monsters killed his family he vowed to live the rest of his life killing the Seru in return. Though he does not take life without reason, he will slaughter anyone who tries to prevent him from fulfilling his vow. His weapon of choice is the Astral Sword, a special sword made from the bones of dead Seru. Gaza’s appearance is quite imposing, covered in silver armor from head to toe. Gaza has a spiked helmet which he can take on and off at will. It has a v-shaped slit in the middle that allows him to see with it on. When Gaza takes off his helmet he reveals his old age with his bald head and long, white beard. He is also said to have “cold and lifeless” eyes. His skill and strength are both incredible despite his age. His shoulder armor has three spikes on each side and his chest armor portrudes forward and extends down to the bottom of his stomach. He also wears a silver belt or armor around his waist that has an extension down the middle that protects his crotch area. Gaza wears two thick metal armlets that cover his forearms and are shaped like cylinders that are hallowed out in the middle. His hands stick out of the sides of the armor and are covered by brown leather gloves. His leg armor is separated into two pieces, one that covers his femurs and another that covers his lower legs. The amor covering his femurs protects the front of his legs and is attached by a ringlet that wraps around his hamstrings. The lower leg armor is much thicker, especially in the back part where large lumps of armor protect is calves. Gaza’s footwear is also made of the same Seru armor. Underneath Gaza’s armor is a dark purple suit that appears to be made out of a cloth material. It covers Gaza’s entire body, including his arms and legs. The most distinguishable aspect of Gaza’s appearance is his Astral sword. The astral sword is actually two large purple blades that attach to the back of Gaza’s armlets. It is made with the bones of dead Seru. The Astral Sword eventually morphs into a single gigantic longsword. Gaza was known for his mercilessness on the battlefield before the Mist appeared, being Sol’s best and most feared soldier. However, he was also known as a loving family man by the people of Sol. After the Mist appeared Gaza changed completely. He lived for nothing more but to slaughter Seru in the Mist. His obsession was such that others began to see him less and less, as Gaza would primarily interact with weapons dealers when he needed materials for Seru killing. Thus it can be said that Gaza is very disciplined and strong-willed. Gaza uses an archaic form of speaking and writes ancient calligraphy as a hobby, showing his old age. He appears to have gotten along with those around his age better than others. Gaza was widely known throughout Karisto Kingdom as the deadliest warrior within Sol’s ranks, and superior to every individual soldier in Conkram’s army. For years he participated in the war against Conkram, and his reputation for how easily he slaughtered his enemies caused the soldiers of Conkram to run away at the sight of him. Gaza’s participation was no doubt helping Sol in their slow but steady sign of victory. However, appearing from out of nowhere the Mist consumed Sol Tower and countless civilians were turned into Seru monsters or killed, including Gaza’s entire family. The civilians who escaped the Mist by retreating to the upper floors of Sol Tower where the Mist could not reach, lived in endless paradise. However, Gaza swore that he would spend the rest of his life slaying the Seru that destroyed his family. Gaza mistakes the Ra-Seru heroes for Seru monsters. Gaza is first encountered by the Ra-Seru heroes in the lower levels of Sol Tower, where he first misjudges them as Seru monsters. He soon realizes that Vahn, Noa, and Gala are not possessed by the Seru and tells them that there are survivors on the upper levels who will greet them. For a split second, he thinks he sees his granddaughter Mar’s face in Noa, but quickly realizes that it couldn’t be her for she died long ago. After the trio receives the Genesis Tree Seedling from Old Deez in the Sol Tower observatory, Gaza confronts them. He tells the heroes that even though he bears them no ill will, he must kill them if they plan to drive away the Mist, as it would prevent him from fulfilling his vow. The Biron Warrior Monks attack Gaza all at once but are knocked unconscious by a single hit from the back of Gaza’s Astral Sword. Vahn, Noa and Gala reluctantly defend themselves against Gaza’s attacks and defeat him. But, before they can tend to his wounds, Songi appears on a floating platform and forcibly takes Gaza with him so he can be healed. Gaza tries to stop the heroes from ridding Sol of the Mist It is discovered by the Ra-Seru heroes that Gaza was once a kind family man who was fond of spending time with his son Theodore and grandchildren Mar and Belde. However, when the Mist invaded Sol, Gaza was unable to save his family and saw his son and two grandchildren murdered by bloodthirsty Seru monsters right before his eyes. After the death of his family, Gaza became an empty soul, never smiling or laughing, and having cold, lifeless eyes that seemed to stare right through a person. Gaza wandered the lower levels of the Sol Tower, living to perfect his swordmanship by taking revenge on the Seru monsters who wandered the Mist. The pain of losing his family caused him to not think at all about his actions, as many tried to tell him that the people possessed in the lower levels could have been his friends from before the Mist or family members of others, yet Gaza would not listen and continue to slaughter them anyway. Gaza attacks with Sim-Seru power. Gaza is once again encountered at the Warrior’s Square in the basement of Sol Tower when the Ra-Seru trio tries to plant the Genesis Tree seedling. Songi appears from a portal with Gaza and equips him with a custom-fitted Sim-Seru. The Seru madness overtakes Gaza’s mind and body, throwing him into a frenzy. Once more the heroes must fight him. Gaza proves to be even deadlier now, but is once again defeated. The Sim-Seru separates from his body and dies, thus Gaza regains his sanity as he is slipping further into death, brooding that he failed to keep his vow by being defeated by the enemy. His wounds being too critical to heal, the Ra-Seru decide to merge Gaza’s spirit with the Genesis Tree seedling. Gaza’s spirit is transferred to the Genesis Tree seedling. His spirit is pure enough that it will provide the power for it to turn into a full-grown Genesis Tree seedling. Gaza agrees to become one with the Genesis Tree and it consumes his body, containing his spirit within it. As the heroes are about to leave, the Astral Sword floats down from the Genesis Tree, given by Gaza as a parting gift. After the heroes leave the Warrior’s Square, Noa turns around to look at the Genesis Tree once more and says “Old man…” before running off. Noa believes Gaza’s spirit watches over them from that point forward. Spoilers end here. Gaza’s old body betrays his incredible power. His speed and strength allow him to compete with the best of them even without wearing a Seru. In fact, he is able to decimate an entire group of Biron Warrior Monks in one quick blow with the back of his sword. When he equips the special Sim-Seru given to him by Songi in order to heal his wounds, it causes Gaza to become crazed and increases his strength immensely. Sim-Seru Gaza

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West Bank and Gaza Investment Climate Assessment …

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Economic Monitoring Report to the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee

September 2018 Gazas economy is in free fall, marking minus 6 percent growth in the first quarter of 2018 with indications of further deterioration since then. While the decade long blockade is the core issue, a combination of factors has more recently impacted the situation in Gaza; including the decision of the Palestinian Authority (PA) to reduce the monthly payments by USD30 million to the area, the winding down of the US$ 50- 60 million per year of the US Government aid program, and the cuts to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency program. Past issues March 2018 After two years of stronger growth driven by post war reconstruction, the most recent data revealed growth of 2.4 percent in 2017 led by the West Bank – while in Gaza it was a mere 0.5 percent. Unemployment rates continued to be high – reaching 44 percent in Gaza – even with low labor force participation. A range of additional challenges emerged in 2017 and the economic outlook is highly uncertain. September 2017 Despite its potential, the Palestinian economy is currently heavily distorted and failing to generate the jobs and incomes needed to improve living standards. Restrictions on trade and the access to resources, along with a decade long blockade of Gaza have hollowed out the productive base. May 2017 In this report we have again taken stock of progress in addressing past Bank recommendations to the AHLC and while there are developments, overall progress from the GoI and the PA has been minimal, and the core constraints on the economy remain. September 2016Thereportstates that, over the last decade, the Palestinian Authoritys (PA) fiscal consolidation efforts led to a decline in the deficit by 15 percent of GDP an achievement rarely seen in other places around the world. Nevertheless, the PAs finances remain fragile with declining budget support leading to a projected financing gap of about US$600 million in 2016. April 2016 The report estimates that the Palestinian Authority (PA) is losing US$285 million in revenues annually under the current economic arrangements with the Government of Israel. These revenues can significantly ease the Authoritys fiscal stress, when transferred. September 2015Reduced donor aid, war, suspension of revenue payments and ongoing restrictions by the Government of Israel have had a severe impact on the Palestinian economy. Palestinians are getting poorer for third year in a row The World Bank report calls for urgent measures to reverse trend. May 2015Blockades and war have strangled Gaza’s economy and theunemployment rate is now the highest in the world at 60 percent. Thereportestimatesthat Gazas GDP would have been about four times higher than it currently isif it werent for the conflictsand the multiplerestrictions. September 2014The recent conflict in Gaza will put further stress on an already struggling Palestinian economy with falling income per capita in 2013, projected to contract further by the end of 2014 September 2013The broad economic situation and the fiscal position are showing worrying trends with a financing gap of about USD320 million projected by year end. The report states that the most significant impediment to economic viability in the Palestinian Territories is the multi-layered system of restrictions imposed by the Government of Israel. March 2013The report stresses that while the donor communitys efforts are directed towards short-term relief for Palestinian fiscal stress, it is important to recognize that the prolonged system of closures and restrictions is causing lasting damage to the competitiveness of the Palestinian economy. Last Updated:Sep 25, 2018

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Nikki Haley, Jared Kushner: For Gaza peace, tell the truth …

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Palestinian Center for Human Rights | Palestinian Center …

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West Bank and Gaza Home – worldbank.org

The lack of peace and reconciliation on the political horizon has created an unsustainable economic situation in the West Bank and Gaza. Even though donor aid had increased government-funded services and fueled consumption-driven growth from 2007 to 2012, this model of growth has proved unsustainable. Donor support has significantly declined in recent years, and naturally aid cannot sustainably make u…

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Life In Gaza Explained – YouTube

Gaza has been described as the world’s largest open air prison. Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip has had catastrophic results for average Palestinians living there. We look at the the unforgiving realities they face everyday. Watch more on Israel and Palestine: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list… Subscribe for more videos: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCV3Nm… Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ajplus Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ajplusenglish Learn more about AJ+: http://www.ajplus.net/ Additional Resources: 1. AJE’s Gaza interactive: http://ajinteractive.businesscatalyst… 2. United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Occupied Palestinian Territory (2013): http://www.ochaopt.org/documents/ocha… 3. Institute for Middle East Understanding, “Israel’s Blockade of Gaza: Is it Legal?”: http://imeu.org/article/israels-block… 4. UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency) Facts & Figures on Gaza Strip: http://www.unrwa.org/where-we-work/ga…

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