In the early hours of Wednesday 26 March 2008, around 38 main bakeries in the Gaza Strip stopped operating due to rising price of flour.
The Deposed Government stabilized the price of bread at 8 Israeli Shekels (NIS) for each pack.
According to Al Mezan's information, the price of the flour per sack has reached 130 NIS, up from its mid-2007 price of 90 NIS.
The owners of the bakeries demand the government to raise the price of a pack of bread, bring down the price of flour, or to reconsider the rate of taxes and fees levied from them.
Gaza's bakeries consume between 1500 to 1700 sacks of flour per day, and the suspension of their work will worsen the living conditions for the population in the Gaza Strip.
Al Mezan asserts that the Deposed Government must balance the interests of the various parties, and provide protection for impoverished citizen to continue purchasing bread and flour.
This procedure requires effective intervention by the government, particularly under these difficult economic conditions experienced by citizens in the Gaza Strip.