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article imageYoung man in Gaza sets self on fire to protest living conditions

By Darren Weir     Sep 3, 2012 in World
Gaza - A young man has died from his injuries after setting himself on fire in the morgue of a hospital in Gaza City, apparently to draw attention to his family's poor living conditions.
Haaretz reports Gaza police say the young man went into the morgue at Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, poured gasoline on his body and set himself on fire. Mohamed Abu Nada was critically wounded and died of his wounds Sunday night.
The young man's father, Abu Mohamed Abu Nada, says his son wanted to draw attention to the family's plight. "I asked my son on Thursday to go and look for a job because I don't have a job and we don't have any source for living."
The Guardian quotes the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics saying the unemployment rate in Gaza is 29%, and is even higher for those between the ages of 20 to 24, rising to 58%. It's also estimated that 39% of the 1.6 million people in Gaza, live below the poverty line.
Digital Journal reported last month that a UN report suggested Gaza will barely be livable by the year 2020 when the population is expected to increase to 2.1 million.
Israel began a blockade of Gaza in 2006, four years after Hamas took control of the region, banning most imports, exports and the movement of its residents. The blockade was eased in 2010, although there are still restrictions on exports, most construction materials and the issue of permits to leave Gaza via Israel.
The young man's father, Abu Nada, is calling on the divided Palestinian governments in Gaza and the West Bank to work together to help him and his family improve their living conditions.
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