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December 16, 2014 10:30 am

Hamas Militants Test Rockets, Boast of Their Tunnels in Gaza Strip

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Ynet – Three months after Operation Protective Edge, and the Gaza Strip is still licking its wounds. Tens of thousands of residents whose homes were destroyed or severely damaged in the fighting are still residing in UNRWA facilities and others are housed in tents – in the middle of winter. Rehabilitation is slow, and the Strip’s 1.7 million citizens are paying for the battles of ego between Fatah and Hamas, with supplies running low and unemployment “holding” at a frustrating 45 percent.

The money pledged at the international conference in Cairo – more than $5 billion – exists only on paper. Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah set out a few weeks ago for a round of visits to the Gulf states, trying to ensure that the promised assistance translated into action. But for the moment, the amount actually transferred is negligible.

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  • It’s up to the donor states to make their donations conditional on the removal of Hamas from power in Gaza. Hamas has done nothing but harm Gazans, using civilians as human shields and children as suicide bombers.

  • Hasi

    When the palis elect leaders who have some semblance of a social conscience, they’ll be able to leave their tents. Until then, too bad. Boo hoo.