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Reference : V-P-IL-E-02841
Date : 16/06/2015
Caption : Gaza, al-Qarara. Ibrahim al-Astal, 23-years-old, carrying okra he collected that morning at the farm.
Photographer : ALWAHEIDI, Nidal
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : ICRC website, article from the 9th July 2015:
“[…] Hundreds of hectares of agricultural land along Gaza's border with Israel were destroyed during the conflict in 2014. Homes and irrigation systems were also destroyed, or severely damaged. The impact on the local economy was huge, with many farmers left without a source of income to provide for their families.
To help local farmers get back on their feet, the ICRC facilitated the clearing of unexploded remnants of war, and worked tirelessly to relevel the damaged agricultural land, to make it arable again.
The relevelling of the land was a race against time to finish before the rainy season arrived, with 24 bulldozers working from sunrise to sunset every day for two months.
One third of the agricultural land of the Gaza Strip is along the border with Israel. The land is considered to be the "bread basket" for the population of Gaza. [...]
Houses and lands in Al-Qarara were heavily affected by the fighting, with many destroyed or severely damaged.

250 farming households (1,500 people) in the area received cash grants of 1,000 US dollars, to help buy new crops and start farming their lands again. […]”
Original material : digital
Resolution : 4959x3329
Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : colour