A Palestinian boy sits amidst used clothes and items at the weekly flea market in the Nusseirat refugee camp, central Gaza Strip, on February 29, 2016. / AFP / MOHAMMED ABED
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Standing by skips full of clothes, vendors call out to bargain hunters scrambling for the not-so-latest styles in the Gaza Strip.Several times each month, his suppliers and those of his colleagues holding the rare crossing permits issued by Israel pass through the heavily fortified border into the Jewish state.There they buy used clothes by weight at 5,000 shekels ($1,250) a ton, says Abu Alaa, a regular at Gaza City's Fras market.Prices are around 10 shekels for a shirt, 30 for a jacket and 40-50 shekels for designer jeans.Israel further tightened controls a year later when Islamist Hamas consolidated its rule over Gaza.Egypt's sole border with Gaza has also remained closed since 2013 .Salah al-Qerem, 53, used to work in Israel.
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