What does the future hold for Gaza? | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


What does the future hold for Gaza?

Ever since Hamas’s victory in the Palestinian legislative elections in 2006, the Gaza Strip has been subject to an Israeli-led blockade. The intensity of this blockade has varied from time to time, but reached its peak over the past few years with the economic sanctions imposed on the enclave by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, which have led to reduced liquidity in Gaza.

Given the increasing economic pressures on the residents of the besieged territory, they have been forced by circumstances to look at new ways to try to put pressure on Israel to ease or remove the blockade altogether. One such way has been the Great March of Return protests on the nominal border of the Gaza Strip controlled by the Israeli occupation authorities; the first march took place on 30 March.

To-date, tens of thousands of Palestinians have participated in these protests, during which more than 200 have been killed and thousands more injured. The size of the protests has kept the Israeli soldiers on the border on high alert and disrupted the lives of settlers. Warnings have been issued about them leading to a new war between the resistance groups and Israel at a time when neither side wants such a development. This has prompted many regional and international mediators to intervene and try to reach an agreement that would ease the intensity of the siege.

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