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Palestinian boys burn garbage piles in Gaza City. Municipal workers including garbage collectors in the territory have been on strike for nine days due to a lack of pay. When asked to describe the situation in Gaza after the Islamist group Hamas takeover, 46.7 percent said it was worse, compared with 27.1 percent who said it was better, and 21.1 percent who said it had not changed, according to a survey published today by the Jerusalem Media Communications Centre, which questioned 1,199 people between August 16 and 20 in the Gaza Strip and West Bank.