RAMALLAH, West Bank – The Gaza Strip is a prosperous territory with lush lawns and gleaming high-rises — at least that's the image in a sleek campaign video made by activists of the territory's ruling Islamic militant Hamas group.
The online clip entitled "Thank you, Hamas" makes no mention of closed borders and other fallout from conflicts with Gaza's neighbors since Hamas seized the strip in 2007.
Social media pushback was swift.
Hamas rival Fatah responded with a video showing Gaza hardships such as frequent power outages.
Hamas spokesman Salah Bardaweel said Tuesday the group "is not telling people that we live in paradise," but argues that it has governed well under tough circumstances.
October municipal Palestinian elections will mark the first time in a decade Hamas and Fatah compete at the ballot box.