A shoe store in the Gaza Strip opened for business on Monday after months of negotiations between the Palestinian factions and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).
According to the statement issued by the Fatah-run Palestinian Authority (PA), the shop in Rafah, north of Gaza City, opened for the first time in the northern Gaza Strip on Sunday.
It is located in the Shujaiya neighborhood of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, and serves mostly men’s and women’s clothing.
It was not immediately clear why the shop opened, but it was closed to the public for the past four years.
In November, the Fatmanah-led Hamas faction agreed to close the shop and replace it with an outlet that would sell clothing.
The shop was reopened in November, when the PA released an official statement announcing the opening of the shop.
In April, the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip issued a statement declaring the establishment of a shoe store to be a “historic step” that would lead to the establishment in the Strip of the Fatty Al-Hamas-run Islamic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (IFLP), which it controls.
It said that the establishment would bring jobs to the Palestinian people.