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PA salary cut to Gaza employees part of “a series of steps of political pressure on Hamas”

Headline: "If 18,000 [public] employees are retired, would the salaries return to what they were?"

"Many of the [PA’s] public employees and those following [what is happening] in the Gaza Strip wonder if the PA salaries will return to what they were, without any deductions, if 18,000 [PA] military employees [in Gaza] are forced to retire…
Economic analyst Amin Abu Aisheh… noted that the expected number of [PA] military employees in the Gaza Strip who will be retired is between 18,000 and 25,000. He noted that they will save the PA 10 to 15 million dollars a month, in other words, 100 to 120 million dollars a year (sic.)…
In the same context, writer and economic analyst Muhammad Abu Jayyab denied the possibility that the PA would return the salaries of the Gaza employees to what they were after approving the early pensions of 18,000 employees. Abu Jayyab said to [independent Palestinian news agency] Donia Al-Watan: 'Undoubtedly, the salaries of the PA employees will not return to what they were, as the PA took this step as part of a series of steps of political pressure on the Gaza Strip and the Hamas Movement in Gaza.’”
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