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Gazans forced to sell their belongings

The harsh economic crisis that has been worsening in the Gaza Strip due to the Israeli blockade and the PA’s financial deficit has forced Gazans to sell their belongings to avoid begging for money.
A Palestinian woman standing outside her damaged house watches a demonstration calling for Gaza reconstruction and against the United Nations decision to suspend payments for Palestinians, whose houses were damaged or destroyed during a 50-day war with Israel last summer, in Biet Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip January 30, 2015. The main U.N. aid agency in the Gaza Strip said on Tuesday a lack of international funding had forced it to suspend payments to tens of thousands of Palestinians for repairs to ho

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Poverty has led Khaled Selim, 48, to sell some of his furniture at a very cheap price in order to provide for his family members and stop them from reaching the stage of begging.

Selim, who works in a concrete factory that was destroyed during the war on Gaza, told Al-Monitor, “I had no option but to sell my furniture as I ran out of all the money I had saved. I had no money left to cover the needs of my family. I cannot afford my wife's medicine, and she is suffering from cancer.”

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