Eco­nomic re­lief for Gaza wel­comed

Gulf News - - MIDDLE EAST -

Thou­sands took to the streets on Thurs­day night cel­e­brat­ing a rec­on­cil­i­a­tion deal reached be­tween Fatah and Hamas sealed in Cairo. Loud­speak­ers blasted na­tional songs as young­sters wav­ing Pales­tinian and Egyp­tian flags danced and hugged one an­other.

Un­der the rec­on­cil­i­a­tion pact, Hamas is hand­ing over ad­min­is­tra­tive con­trol of Gaza to a Fatah-con­trolled gov­ern­ment.

The deal was reached af­ter an eco­nomic squeeze was placed on Hamas by Egypt and the Pales­tinian Au­thor­ity.

For Huwaida Al Ha­didi, a 34-year-old mother-of-seven, eco­nomic re­lief can­not come soon enough.

Like about 250,000 other peo­ple in Gaza, her hus­band is un­em­ployed. Un­able to pay their rent, the fam­ily has lived in a tent since they were evicted three days ago.

“Now that they signed a rec­on­cil­i­a­tion deal, God­will­ing the block­ade will be lifted and peo­ple will find work and be able to earn a liv­ing for their chil­dren,” she said. Con­trol of the Gaza bor­der cross­ings by the Pales­tinian Na­tional Au­thor­ity, which ex­er­cises lim­ited self-rule in the oc­cu­pied West Bank, could al­low freer move­ment of peo­ple and goods across the fron­tier.

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