Government employees of the Palestinian Authority gather to return to work at the headquarters of the Palestinian Finance Ministry in Gaza City on November 29, 2017. / AFP / MOHAMMED ABED
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Palestinian Authority employees were prevented from returning to work at a number of ministries in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, a union said, in another sign of tension ahead of a reconciliation deadline.Islamist movement Hamas is due to hand back control of Gaza, including all ministries, to the Palestinian Authority by Friday, a decade after seizing it in a 2007 near civil war.After the 2007 power shift, the Palestinian Authority continued to pay around 60,000 staff in Gaza, despite the vast majority not working.
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