A father and his children ride their donkey cart past the idled Gaza power plant at Nusseirat in the central Gaza Strip.
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Grim records mark the 10th anniversary of Hamas rule in Gaza – the longest-ever daily electricity and water cuts, 60 percent youth unemployment, and a rising backlog of thousands waiting for a rare chance to exit the blockaded territory.Hamas spokesman Salah Bardaweel dismissed suggestions Hamas should step aside, but acknowledged a deal to improve Gaza's lot is unlikely as long as the 82-year-old Abbas, who runs autonomous enclaves in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, remains in power.He said Hamas was never given a chance to govern. Hamas violently interrogated dozens of people and claimed this netted dozens of informers.Hamas also rejected Fatah's attempt to negotiate Palestinian statehood on lands Israel captured in 1967, including Gaza.In 2006, months after Israel's unilateral withdrawal from Gaza, Hamas defeated Fatah in parliamentary elections. Hamas said it was sabotaged from the start.
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