This new United Nations report shows just how deprived the narrow blockaded and overpopulated sliver on the coast of the eastern Mediterranean is getting.
Among the essential necessities the UN report outlines are double the number of schools and at least 800 more hospital beds over the next eight years. It also adds that the territory is suffering a housing shortage.
Also the report points out that the coastal aquifer in the territory -- which is its only source of natural fresh water -- will be rendered unusable by the year 2016.
U.N. officials have stated that the primarily difficulty in improving this deteriorating situation in Gaza is the quote "closure of the Gaza Strip, violent conflict, and the pressing need for Palestinian reconciliation."
The UN's humanitarian chief in the strip Maxwell Gaylard explained that, "An urban area cannot survive without being connected."
This report and development is another reminder of the dire situation in the Gaza Strip, a small one-party run territory which has sadly been prevented from evolving and becoming a prototype for a future Palestinian state. Instead, it is becoming a failed state, beggared, bankrupt and isolated.