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Families of Israeli victims confront Fatah lawmakers in Gaza

May 7, 2014 8:15 P.M. (Updated: May 10, 2014 9:54 A.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Representatives of a group of families of those killed by the Israeli assault on Gaza in 2008-9 on Wednesday confronted four Fatah lawmakers and blockaded their office in protest against authorities' failure to pay their monthly compensation.

The confrontation, during which family members prevented the lawmakers from leaving the Fatah Parliamentary headquarters in Gaza, comes after 14 months of protests by the group demanding the payments they are due to be transferred.

Spokesman for the bereaved families Ala al-Birawi told Ma'an that the group was holding Fatah lawmakers Faisal Abu Shahla, Mohammad Hijazi, Ibrahim al-Masdar, and Radwan al-Akhras.

"All leaders must realize that talking is over, and what is wanted now is a swift decision," he said explaining that they will not leave until their demands are met.

During the protest on Wednesday, one family member even attempted to hang himself, but was stopped by the lawmakers.

As part of more than a year of protests by the group, they have closed PLO organizations in the protest, but they were all previously re-opened after officials promised that the payments would be sent.

Israel launched a major military assault on the Gaza Strip in December 2008, killing more than 1,400 Palestinians and injuring thousands more in a three-week offensive across the besieged coastal enclave.
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