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Monday, June 29, 2009

Stephanie Nebehay, "Gaza civilians mired in poverty after war - ICRC," Reuters AlertNet, June 29, 2009.

* Palestinians trapped in rising poverty, despair, ICRC says

* Says Israel's import restrictions crippling reconstruction

* Gaza's water and sanitation system on brink of collapse

GENEVA, June 29 (Reuters) - Six months after Israel's invasion of the Gaza Strip, 1.5 million Palestinians remain trapped in rising poverty, unable to rebuild their lives, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Monday.

  Each day, 69 million litres of partially treated or completely untreated sewage -- the equivalent of 28 Olympic-size swimming pools -- are pumped directly into the Mediterranean because they cannot be treated

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