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Palestinian journalist Ayman al-Aloul frequently writes about the hardships of life in the Gaza Strip, and is one of the few voices willing to publicly criticize the rule of the Islamic Hamas Movement.Critics have grown bolder on social media sites, and attempts by Hamas to impose new taxes have triggered rare public protests.Hamas seized Gaza from the Palestinian Authority in 2007 . Despite being branded a terrorist group by Israel and the West, and enduring three wars with Israel and an Israeli-Egyptian blockade, it has clung to power.More than 2,100 Gazans, including hundreds of civilians, were killed, and some 100,000 homes were damaged or destroyed.The power shortage stems from infighting between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority, which coordinates fuel purchases from Israel.The World Bank estimates Gaza's unemployment at 43 percent. Gaza's 1.8 million people have few options at home or abroad since few people can leave. Egypt's relationship with Hamas has worsened since the 2013 overthrow of then-Egyptian President Mohammad Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas' ideological counterpart. While Hamas seems still firmly in power, it has raised taxes recently to shore up shaky finances that have left it unable to pay its 40,000 employees.
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