One more burn story incident added to countless devastating stories coming from the enclave Gaza Strip. Two young boys Omar and Khaled, 3 and 4 years old brothers, were burnt to death last night in their bedroom in Shati Refugee camp, west of Gaza City. The victims were using the light of candles to escape the darkness and icy weather of the besieged Gaza Strip due to everlasting electricity shortage. Yet candles were not only a source of light for Khaled and Omar but decided to put an end to their smiling faces.
Since Israel decided to impose a tied blockade on Gaza in summer 2006, power outages has become one of the many chronic problems 1.8 million Palestinian residing in Gaza suffer in daily basis. I remember very well when the crisis started in Gaza right when Israel bombed the only Gaza power plant which caused the power outages throughout Gaza from time to time. Many families rely on the simple light of candles as a sources of light in the time of darkness and nighttime. Many houses were fully burnt our due to candle light, which is actually an inadequate and inappropriate lighting supply.
The current Gaza dramatic situation is a human-made crisis. Nearly two million Palestinian residents of Gaza (80% of them are refugees) are forced to endure the hard daily life due to long years of occupations and blockade. The blockade is a collective punishment policy to make the life of people mostly impossible. The blockade on Gaza is only one image of the occupation politics of Israel. The world is still have a moral responsibility to put an end to long years of occupation and blockade.