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Another Gaza industry collapses; hotels and restaurants forced to close

Nov. 27, 2008 2:52 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 27, 2008 2:52 P.M.)
Gaza -Ma'an - Hotel and restaurant owners in Gaza are preparing to close their businesses after weeks of fuel shortages put the already fragile industry on its last legs.

The collapse of the sector, expected in "days or hours" according to a representative of a coalition of restaurant and hotel owners Salah Abu Hasira, follows the close of more than 3,000 factories, flower mills, bakeries, construction and export companies.

The tourism and restaurant industry, serving Gazans and international aid and activist groups, will soon shut down after gas and electricity outages have made operations impossible.

Hasira called on the international community and the United Nations to intervene and put an end the human crisis in the Gaza Strip.
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