GAZA STRIP (Dispatches) – Twenty factories have been destroyed during the latest Zionist offensive on Gaza, and 5,000 workers had lost their jobs, head of the General Federation of Trade Unions Sami al-Amasi has confirmed.
In a statement, Al-Amasi disclosed that the latest aggression by the Zionist regime inflicted a massive blow to the economic sector in the Gaza Strip. He noted that it aggravated the already weak economy, which has been suffering for more than one and a half decades, with increased adversity due to COVID-19.
Al-Amasi indicated that the economy was the main target for the occupying regime’s attacks, pointing to the demolition of the offices of big companies located in the high-rise buildings destroyed during the offensive.
Meanwhile, he stated that the direct and indirect effects of COVID-19 affected more than 160,000 workers during the last year.
Tel Aviv launched the bombing campaign against Gaza on May 10, after Palestinian retaliation against violent raids on worshipers at the al-Aqsa Mosque and the regime’s plans to force a number of Palestinian families out of their homes at Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East al-Quds.
The Gaza-based resistance groups did not sit idly by and fired 4,300 rockets towards different cities in the occupied lands during the war, which ended on May 21 after the regime announced a unilateral ceasefire that the resistance movements accepted with Egyptian mediation.
The United States vowed to reinforce the Zionist regime’s so-called Iron Dome after Tel Aviv suffered a defeat in its 11-day war on the Gaza Strip, with the regime’s much-publicized missile system failing in the face of a massive rocket fire by Palestinian resistance movements.
Earlier this month, Zionist war minister Benny Gantz visited the United States, where he met with Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin.
During the meeting, Gantz reportedly asked Washington for $1 billion in additional emergency military aid, arguing that the money was needed to replenish the Iron Dome battery and purchase munitions for the regime’s air force.
During a Thursday congressional session, addressing the Senate Appropriations Committee, Austin said that the occupying regime’s request for military assistance had been approved by the Pentagon for its 2022 budge.
However, according to a new poll in the U.S., most American voters back banning the Zionist regime from using U.S. funds to annex land or detain Palestinian children.
According to the new poll conducted by the ‘Data for Progress’ polling firm, most Americans believe that U.S. aid to the occupying regime should be withheld due to its refusal to meet certain conditions.
The poll conducted during the most recent Israel-Gaza conflict showed that most voters endorsed restrictions that would keep the Zionist regime from spending U.S. military assistance to detain Palestinian minors, destroy Palestinian buildings, or annex parts of the West Bank.