A circus comes to Gaza - minus lions and ladies
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) - The circus came to Gaza on Friday, but getting it there required its own high-wire act.
No women performers were included for fear of offending conservative Palestinians and their Hamas rulers and the high-cost of legal transport prevented animals from taking part.
The Egyptian National Circus put on the first show of its month-long visit to the impoverished coastal strip on Friday, a sign of warmer relations between Hamas and post-revolution Egypt, which is governed by the Islamic militant group's ideological parent, the Muslim Brotherhood.
Although not state-sponsored, the Egyptian circus could only come because their government loosened restrictions on the flow of passengers in and out of Gaza. More foreigners now enter Gaza, including the ruler of the resource-rich Gulf state Qatar earlier this week.