Israel economy hit by Gaza war: officials

Palestinian women look at the shattered remains of a building complex that was destroyed by fighting between Hamas Militants and Israel on August 29, 2014 in the northern Gaza city of Beit HanunIsrael’s gross domestic product fell in the third quarter of 2014 because of the summer conflict in Gaza, officials said Sunday, in the first such drop in over five years. A Central Bureau of Statistics statement said GDP was down 0.4 percent between July and September compared with the previous three months, citing the effect on the economy of the war with Hamas militants which ended on August 26. A spokeswoman for the statistics office told AFP it was the first quarterly decline since the beginning of 2009, when Israel again waged war on the Islamist Hamas that controls the Palestinian territory.

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