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Palestinians rage against Palestinian Authority sanctions in Gaza

by Nick Clark
Issue No. 2610

President of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas

President of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas (Pic: European Parliament/Flickr)

Palestinians in the West Bank, Lebanon and Jordan have protested to demand that the Palestinian Authority (PA) lifts its sanctions on Gaza.

Hundreds of Palestinians in cities across the West Bank—including the administrative centre Ramallah—joined the protests.

They are calling on the PA to reverse cuts to its workers’ salaries in Gaza.

Riot cops and gangs of members of Fatah, which leads the PA, attacked protests in Ramallah.

Gaza is governed by the PA’s rival, resistance group Hamas.

The protests call on the PA to stop punishing people in Gaza as part of its dispute with Hamas.

Hamas was elected to lead the PA after elections in 2006 because of its commitment to resisting Israel.

Fatah lost support after ending its resistance for futile “peace talks”.

It was forced out of Gaza in 2007 after failing to overthrow Hamas in a coup, but took control of the PA in the West Bank

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