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Hamas Feigns Optimism As Gaza Limps Toward Crisis

Though Hamas downplays the effects on Gaza of the unrest in Egypt and the closure of the Rafah crossing, economists worry that conditions in the Strip are about to reach a new low.
A Palestinian woman carries her daughter as she makes her way to fill a container with water from a nearby tank in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip June 20, 2013. A tiny wedge of land jammed between Israel, Egypt and the Mediterranean sea, the Gaza Strip is heading inexorably into a water crisis that the United Nations says could make the Palestinian enclave unliveable in just a few years. Picture taken June 20, 2013. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa (GAZA - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY ENERGY BUSINESS) - RTX11

Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are closely following the events unfolding in neighboring Egypt as the conflict which has engulfed the country since June 30 continues between supporters and opponents of the country's ousted president, Mohammed Morsi.

The unrest in Egypt has clearly and seriously impacted the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, a territory both historically and geographically bound to Egypt.

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