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Palestinian widows lose rights

Widows in the Gaza Strip, whose numbers keep rising due to the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict, are losing their rights because of their husbands’ families and their own lack of legal knowledge.
A Palestinian woman and a girl carry flowers to a family grave on Eid al-Fitr at a cemetery in Gaza City July 28, 2014. The U.N. Security Council agreed on a statement on Sunday urging Israel, Palestinians and Islamist Hamas militants to implement a humanitarian truce beyond the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, a festival marking the end of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan, and engage in efforts to achieve a durable ceasefire REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly (GAZA - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY CIVIL UNREST RELIGI
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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Wafaa, 24, was happily married until the recent Israeli war on the Gaza Strip took away her husband, when a building in Sheikh Radwan district north of Gaza City was targeted, leaving her and her one-year-old son behind in the face of an unknown future with no security or protection.

“Life was beautiful when I was with my husband, Assim. Although more than two months have passed since his death, I still feel sad and distressed, now that I have to carry on the journey alone, amid many problems and while all eyes are on me,” she told Al-Monitor, asking her last name not to be revealed for privacy reasons.

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