Gaza Strip: One year after the Israeli offensive, 5 people speak of their experience

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In February 2009, Première Urgence extended its mission in the Palestinian occupied territories in the Gaza Strip. The destruction caused by the offensive known as "Cast Iron" struck both public infrastructure and private property. Première Urgence intervened to supply emergency aid by distributing non-food products and medical supplies. Today, its actions aim at helping the populations by supplying professional and agricultural material and by injecting funds through "cash-for-work" programmes where the beneficiaries receive a daily wage for participating in community work.?

To illustrate the situation of the Gaza inhabitants please find below testimonials by 5 beneficiaries of our work and local Première Urgence personnel in the Gaza Strip. Yousef Mohammad Salem Al-Najar is 56 years old. His house and his olive fields were destroyed during the "Cast Iron" operation in December 2008: