Palestinian National Authority

Palestinian government slashes salaries for Gaza employees

The cash-strapped Palestinian Authority on Wednesday said it was slashing by nearly one third the salaries of tens of thousands of government employees in the Gaza Strip who have been sitting idly since the rival Hamas militant group took over the coastal territory a decade ago.

The decision deepened the divide between the West Bank and Gaza — two territories that the Palestinians hope to turn into an independent state — and increased hardship in already impoverished Gaza.

"This cut has worsened our situation. I don't know how I will get by until the end of the month. Shall I beg?" said Rizq al-Haddad, a former maintenance worker at the Health Ministry.

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