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, home to 1.9 million Palestinians, estimate the real number of underage workers could be twice as high.
Above: Mohammad al-Bana, 10, sells mints at a market in Gaza City on March 29. Bana, whose father is unemployed, earns around 10 Shekels ($2.50) per day. The boy starts working after finishing school. He hopes to continue his education and become an engineer in the future.