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  • 13:12 - 23 September 2017

Gaza situation worsening despite Cairo agreements

Gaza,(Alresalah.ps)-- A Palestinian popular committee on Friday said that the situation in the Gaza Strip is worsening and that the repercussions of the Palestinian division and the blockade are still affecting citizens' lives despite the understandings reached lately in Cairo.

 Head of the Popular Committee Against the Siege, Jamal al-Khudari, said in a statement that the humanitarian suffering in Gaza is still the same despite the Cairo talks that led to the dissolution of the administrative committee.

 A geographical and political split has occurred between the Gaza Strip, which has been under Israeli blockade for a decade now, and the West Bank since 2007, he said, adding that none of the international and regional mediations had succeeded in ending the Palestinian division.

 Khudari stressed that nearly two million Gazans hope, following the dissolution of the administrative committee, that the Palestinian Authority (PA) will backtrack on all the punitive measures taken against them.

 Hamas few days ago, within the framework of the reconciliation efforts sponsored by Egypt, decided to dissolve the administrative committee which the Movement formed in March because of "the PA government's failure to assume its responsibilities toward the Palestinian people in Gaza."

 The PA president and Fatah Movement leader, Mahmoud Abbas, had waged a set of punitive measures against the Gaza Strip in response to Hamas's move, including cutting the Gaza employees' salaries, forcing some of them into early retirement and reducing power supplies to the besieged enclave.

 Abbas on Wednesday expressed his relief at Hamas's latest decision, and reports say that a delegation from Fatah and the PA government will soon head to Gaza to start the implementation of the agreements reached.

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