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Palestinians divided over GCC-Qatar crisis

The Palestinians are divided over the recent announcement by four Arab nations to cut ties with Qatar, as Hamas seems to be worried about its relationship with its main backer in the region.
A Palestinian man and his son hold a Qatari flag during a rally in support of Qatar, inside Qatari-funded construction project 'Hamad City', in the southern Gaza Strip June 9, 2017. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa - RTX39TEW
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Palestinians in the Gaza Strip immediately reacted to the Arab nations’ announcement June 5 of severing ties with Qatar over its alleged support for terrorism. Some backed the decision of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt and Bahrain, while others opposed it given Qatar’s position and role in the Palestinian scene.

Mohammed al-Sinwar, a citizen from Khan Yunis, told Al-Monitor that the decision came after US President Donald Trump described Hamas as a terror group during the Arab-Islamic-American summit in Riyadh May 21.

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