A Palestinian fisherman fishes in wastewater on the beach of the Mediterranean Sea in front of Shati Refugee Camp in Gaza City, in the northern Gaza Strip, Thursday, June 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
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This summer, access to the cooling waters of the Mediterranean is gradually being closed off to Gaza's 1.8 million residents, due to pollution stemming from fuel shortages that have halted work at sewage treatment facilities.At one of Gaza's most popular beaches, dozens of people, including children, splashed in the water over the weekend despite the posted warning.Egypt's closure of most of the estimated 1,200 cross-border smuggling tunnels run by Hamas has virtually stopped cheap Egyptian fuel coming into Gaza.Some 40,000 public servants hired by Hamas since it seized the Gaza Strip seven years ago from forces loyal to Abbas have not been paid in full for months due to a cash crunch caused by Egypt's tunnel crackdown.
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