A Palestinian woman picks pineapples during a harvest at a farm in Khan Yunis, in the southern Gaza Strip on November 9, 2017. / AFP / SAID KHATIB
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Gaza's merchants and consumers are reaping early rewards from reconciliation moves by the enclave's ruling Hamas and the Western-backed Palestinian Authority.Since Hamas ceded Gaza's border crossings with Israel – the main gateway for commercial imports – to the PA on Nov. 1 under an Egyptian-brokered unity deal, many prices in the territory have dropped.The main reason for the decrease is the PA's has cancelling of surcharges, sometimes as high as 25 percent, that Hamas collected in cash from merchants in Gaza.Hamas, which handed administrative control of Gaza to the PA under the reconciliation agreement signed in Cairo on Oct. 12, has spurned Israel's demand it disarm.
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