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April 1, 2016 9:50 am

Sharp Rise in Child Labor in Gaza

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A child in Gaza, where underage labor is on a sharp rise. Photo: Wikipedia.

A child in Gaza, where underage labor is on a sharp rise. Photo: Wikipedia.

Child labor has risen sharply in Gaza, where youngsters toiling in garages and on construction sites have become breadwinners for families feeling the brunt of the Palestinian enclave’s 43 percent unemployment rate.

In the past five years, the number of working children between the ages of 10 and 17 has doubled to 9,700 in the territory, according to the Palestinian Bureau of Statistics.

The bureau said 2,900 of those children are below the legal employment age of 15. Economists in the narrow coastal strip estimate the real number of underage workers could be twice as high.

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