File - In this Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017 file photo, a Palestinian family warm themselves up with a fire outside their makeshift house during a power cut in a poor neighborhood in town of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)
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A 20-year-old Palestinian is in critical condition Sunday after publicly setting himself on fire but his motives remain unclear, with family believing he was despairing over Gaza's dire living conditions and Hamas alleging personal problems.Several cases of self-immolation have also been reported in Gaza over the past years.Fathi was unconscious Sunday and connected to breathing tubes at the intensive care unit of Gaza city's Shifa hospital.Gaza has been under blockade by Israel and Egypt since Hamas took over the territory in 2007 . The blockade has devastated Gaza's economy, made it virtually impossible for people to enter and exit the territory, and left residents with just a few hours of electricity a day. Critics say the blockade is tantamount to collective punishment of Gaza's 2 million people.Palestinians have been split since the Hamas takeover, with Hamas ruling Gaza and Abbas governing parts of the West Bank.
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