A Palestinian woman holding a baby shops at a Gaza City market on July 15, 2015, ahead of the Eid al-Fitr festivities, celebrating the end of the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. AFP/MOHAMMAD ABED
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The infant mortality rate in Gaza has risen for the first time in five decades, according to an UNRWA study, and a U.N. health expert says Israel's blockade of the strip may be contributing to the alarming figures.Every five years, the U.N.'s agency for Palestinian refugees conducts a survey of infant mortality across the region, and the 2013 results were released this week for the first time, which are reported here exclusively in the news media. Having consistently gone down over the last decades in Gaza – from 127 per 1,000 live births in 1960 to 20.2 in 2008 – at the last count, in 2013, it had risen to 22.4 per 1,000 live births.The rate of neonatal mortality – which is from birth to four weeks of age – has gone up significantly in Gaza, from 12 per 1,000 live births in 2008 to 20.3 in 2013 .It is hard to scientifically ascertain the exact causes behind the increase in both neonatal and infant mortality rates, but Dr. Seita is concerned it is part of a larger picture.
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