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Union expects Gaza civil servant salaries before Eid al-Adha

Sept. 29, 2014 12:47 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 29, 2014 10:38 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Gaza civil servants are likely to receive their salaries before the upcoming Eid al-Adha holiday, a spokesman for the civil servants' union said Monday.

Khalil Zayyan told Ma'an that there have been "positive indications, but we are waiting for an official announcement from the government."

Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said Saturday that an unnamed international body is willing to pay the salaries of civil servants in Gaza who were employed by the former Hamas-run government in the Strip.

He did not provide further details.

Since the new government was officially sworn in in June, Hamas has demanded it take responsibility for paying its 45,000 employees, 27,000 of whom are civil servants.

But the unity government has been noncommittal, and earlier this month Hamdallah said he was under pressure from the international community not to pay Hamas employees' salaries.

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