Gaza City Market
The Gaza City “Firas” Market was established in 1954 and is considered the central market of the Strip. It is divided into several different sections, such as the vegetable and fruit market, the clothes and textile market and the meat market. The market operates seven days per week.
The number of shops has not changed since 2007, however the volume of merchandise and the number of stalls has decreased over the years. Many of the merchants attribute this decline to the closure, as unemployment has risen, purchasing power plummeted and because for several years, fewer types of items were available in the Strip.
Ahmad Abu Shanab, a fruit shop owner, says that: “it is tough these days to sell products in the market. I sell all kinds of fruits from Israel but the problem is that people don’t buy it, mainly because they can not afford it”.