Palestinian Authority begins to restore order in Gaza

Wednesday, September 14, 2005 | 
After two days of chaos, Palestinian security forces appear to be restoring order in the abandoned Gaza settlements. Scavengers looted demolished buildings and mobs destroyed synagogues, but the settlements were largely deserted today. The looting included the destruction of greenhouses which were a gift to the Palestinian people. American Jewish donors bought the greenhouses from Israeli farmers for $14 million, with the aim of providing jobs and boosting the Palestinian economy. Thugs made off with hoses, pumps, electrical equipment and plastic sheeting. In impoverished Gaza, it's each man for himself.

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