After decade of Hamas, Gaza short on jobs, electricity

Pauline Gross
June 8, 2017

Israeli soldiers opened fire at Palestinians who were throwing stones near the border fence in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, killing one man and wounding seven others, residents and hospital officials said. The terror group expressed shock over the demand.

Several Hamas operatives have been killed and injured in accidental blasts and tunnel collapses in recent months.

Bringing money to Gaza is very hard when Israel and Egypt won't allow it. Israel retaliated by launching a major operation in Gaza, which turned into an all-out war between Hamas and the Jewish state in the summer of 2014. He said Turkey, which has always been an ally of Hamas, would find it "very difficult" to fill the financial void should Qatar withdraw support because of its own "economic constraints and priorities".

Moves by Saudi Arabia, Egypt and other Arab states to isolate Qatar may have serious repercussions for Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist movement that rules Gaza and has long relied on the Gulf emirate for financial and political support.

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And while the humanitarian support to Gaza may indirectly serve Hamas, Shobaki says that Doha "saved the PA President Mahmoud Abbas' authority from collapsing a couple of times when the deficit in the PA budget has been blocked". It has sent millions of dollars to Gaza to support Hamas's governance efforts including hundreds of millions for reconstruction and millions for the energy sector. Malaysian officials had then dismissed the charge as Israeli propaganda.

Some analysts interpreted Qatar's diplomatic approach as supportive of Hamas, though Qatar repeatedly stated that its policy was one of engagement with all sides to push for peace.

"It was clear from the outset that the aim of the media campaign and the decision to cut off diplomatic and consular relations and close the borders is to pressure Qatar to abandon its national decision-making and sovereignty", the Qatari Cabinet said in a statement on Monday. But Hamas in Gaza denied any such expulsions had taken place.

"What is happening now is an attempt to impose a new leadership on the Palestinian people to be exported from Dubai, represented by Mohammed Dahlan, to pave the way for new concessions in relation to the Israeli occupation".

Other reports by GizPress

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