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As Gazans protest cost of living, Hamas could use Israel strike as diversion

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In an unusual turn of events, hundreds of Palestinians took to the streets of the Gaza Strip on Thursday in order to protest the high cost of living in the Hamas-ruled coastal enclave. Sources in the Strip believe Hamas might initiate a military confrontation with Israel in order to ensure the social-justice phenomenon doesn’t expand in scope.  

The demonstration started in a seemingly spontaneous manner—in Jabalia refugee camp in northern Gaza—and included a relatively small number of protesters, but over the course of the evening it gradually grew as more people began to join in. 

 The demonstrators apparently refrained from calling for the overthrow of the Hamas government, opting instead to focus on the rising cost of living in the blockaded Strip.

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