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Fast food booms in Gaza

Gaza's restaurant sector is thriving as residents flock to one of the few available diversions.
Palestinians buy sandwiches from a restaurant in Gaza City on January 18, 2009. Taking advantage of a ceasefire, restaurants in the Gaza Strip re-opened their doors to customers at night for the first time since the beginning of Israel's offensive. Palestinian militants announced a one-week ceasefire today after Israel called a unilateral halt to the massive offensive on Gaza that has killed 1,300 people since beginning on December 27. AFP PHOTO OLIVIER LABAN-MATTEI (Photo credit should read OLIVIER LABAN-M
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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Omar al-Shawa owns and runs a restaurant in Gaza City that serves snacks, sandwiches and shisha. After establishing the restaurant in 2014, Shawa has worked hard to promote it as it competes with dozens of restaurants scattered throughout the Gaza Strip.

Shawa, who has worked as a manager in many restaurants, said that food investments are currently the only viable and profitable endeavors in Gaza. “One cannot live without food, and restaurants rarely make any losses. Despite the many difficulties that we face in our business, including the continuous power cuts and the repeated wars that stop our work for long periods, our business remains very good and profitable,” he said.

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