Palestinian activist Mohammed al-Taluli (top), 25, chants slogans during a protest at the Jabalia refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip on January 12, 2017, against the Palestinian enclave's ongoing electricity crisis.
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Hamas, the Islamist movement that runs the Gaza Strip, has managed to end a recent series of protests over the electricity crisis with a security crackdown and aid from Qatar used to purchase more fuel.The Hamas authorities in the coastal enclave usually provide electricity in eight-hour intervals, but supply was reduced to four hours this month.Hamas said Monday it was returning to eight-hour electricity – and was releasing all those arrested in connection with the protests.A Gaza government spokesman argued that Jabalia protesters were attacking security forces and public buildings, but also said Hamas was responding to demands by working to improve electricity supply.Those who know the situation well say Hamas must be seen as responding to their frustrations.
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