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Hamas hikes taxes on imports, including from West Bank

Hamas has imposed new customs duties on goods entering the Gaza Strip but some believe the taxes go too far, especially when they are imposed on items coming from the West Bank.
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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — A recently imposed customs duty has caught some Palestinians off guard as they travel from the West Bank to the Gaza Strip via the Erez border crossing.

The Customs and Excise Directorate of the Ministry of Finance in the Gaza Strip recently placed a sign at the northern Gaza Strip crossing declaring that duties will be imposed on all purchases citizens bring in. The duties went into effect Jan. 20.

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