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Striking medics in Gaza temporarily return to work after talks with Hamas

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39384.458935.DB (Published 01 November 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:904
  1. Merav Sarig
  1. Jerusalem

    A month long strike by doctors in Gaza, as political factions struggle for control, came to an end last week. The move was billed as a gesture of goodwill at the end of the Muslim religious period Ramadan.

    The strike began because those who were supporters of the ousted Fatah government lost their jobs under the Hamas government, which took over the Gaza Strip from Fatah in June. The new government appointed Bassem Naim as minister of health. He fired the directors of Gaza's main hospitals, who were identified with Fatah, as well as many doctors and medical personnel. They were replaced with people who identified with Hamas.

    Among those who lost their …

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