Gazans call for Abbas’ resignation at rally against Palestinian Authority

Palestinian protestors seen at a protest in Gaza's Saraya Square, calling for the resignation of Mahmoud Abbas, on February 24, 2019

Palestinian protestors seen at a protest in Gaza’s Saraya Square, calling for the resignation of Mahmoud Abbas, on February 24, 2019

Hundreds of Palestinians have rallied in Gaza City demanding that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas step down.

Photos and videos of Saraya Square shows crowds this afternoon chanting “Go, go, Abbas, that’s the demand of the people.”

The rally is organised by a movement called the Free Gaza Movement, whose members are circulating anti-Abbas content on social media platforms.

Over the past year, Abbas has cut budgets allocated to Gaza to pressure Hamas to return control of the Strip to the PA. While he has reinstated some of the funds he originally froze, Gaza’s Hamas rulers continue to criticise him for not restoring all of the funds.

Earlier this month, the Palestinian Authority (PA) paid just 25 per cent of the salaries of its employees in the Gaza Strip. The PA slashed the salaries of its employees in the Gaza Strip at the beginning of 2017 as part of a package of sanctions imposed by President Mahmoud Abbas against the besieged enclave.

(Source / 24.02.2019)

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