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17 'attempt suicide' over unpaid Gaza war compensation

Dec. 4, 2013 1:00 A.M. (Updated: Dec. 5, 2013 2:41 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Seventeen members of families who lost relatives in Israel's 2008 war on Gaza staged a mass suicide attempt in protest over unpaid compensations from the Hamas government, a representative said.

Alaa al-Barawi, speaking on behalf of the families, told Ma’an that 17 people related to those who died in the fighting attempted to hang themselves after a 39-day sit-in went unanswered.

Witnesses said ambulances arrived at the scene and took a number of the family members to Shifa Hospital in Gaza City.

Al-Barawi added that the families would continue seeking promised financial compensation from the government, which has paid families who lost loved ones in the 2008-2009 war.

Israeli attacks killed over 1,400 Palestinians in the "Cast Lead" operation which began in late 2008 and lasted three weeks.
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