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Gazans take to social media in reaction to Turkish coup attempt

The failed Turkish coup divided Gazans between supporters and opponents, as some praised President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for foiling the coup.
Palestinian Hamas supporters kiss a poster of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan during a Hamas rally in support of Erdogan's government against a coup attempt, in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip July 16, 2016. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa - RTSI91L

Although the Gaza Strip is not a state, military coups have constituted a part of its modern history and have left their mark on the daily lives of its inhabitants. Turkey's failed military coup July 15 did not pass unnoticed in Gaza; it stirred the memory of Gaza’s residents and divided them between supporters and opponents.

This was not the only coup that caught Gazans’ interest. The Gaza Strip also bore the brunt of the coup in Egypt on July 3, 2013, that led to the ouster of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood. Egyptian authorities immediately took measures against Gaza, as Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, is affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood. These measures included closing the Rafah land crossing for long stretches of time and destroying thousands of tunnels between the Egyptian and Palestinian borders.

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