The Israeli military has gradually increased its restrictions on farmlands and fishing zones on the shores of Gaza, leaving several thousand Gaza residents without access to their sources of income, a report from the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has noted. The U.N. report also notes that Gaza residents are not fully aware of the nature of the restrictions, which Israel said were necessary to curb militant attacks. The report estimates that the restrictions have directly affected 12 percent of Gaza’s population over the past 10 years, CNN says, and that USD308 million worth of agricultural income was lost in the last five years. OCHA urged Israel to lift existing restrictions on civilian access to the “fullest extent possible” to allow the U.N. and its partners to start addressing these issues.

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      Ivy Mungcal

      As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.