GAZA CITY, Gaza City (AP) — The Gaza Strip has endured back-to-back wars and uprisings in recent years, but criminal violence has been relatively rare.
That changed Monday. Police Col. Ayoub Abu Shaar says masked robbers broke into a post office in Gaza City, shot and wounded a guard and made off with $500,000.
The Islamic militant Hamas, which rules Gaza, distributes the salaries of 40,000 government employees through post offices. Salary payments for March are to begin Wednesday, meaning post offices currently hold large sums of cash.