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Mar 14, 2019 2:49 PM 1+ week ago

Hamas-run security forces broke up protests against the terror group in the Gaza Strip Thursday, eyewitnesses said, cracking down on a rare public show of dissent in the coastal enclave.

Dozens of security officials, many in plain clothes, dispersed a demonstration in northern Gaza, the eyewitnesses said. Dozens of people had been protesting there.

Journalists were prevented from filming or taking pictures at the protest, an AFP reporter said.

In a separate protest in central Gaza, dozens of people demonstrated, including by setting tires on fire.

Hamas-run police spokesman Ayman al-Batniji said in a statement that "police in the area of Deir Balah dealt with a group of citizens who closed roads and ignited fires," referring to the protest in central Gaza.

The protests had been organized to call for an improvement in the quality of life in Gaza, which suffers from high unemployment, widespread poverty and poor electricity and water infrastructure.

A statement purporting to be from the organizers ...

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