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Extra! People's Daily On Xi Jinping's War On Poverty

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People's Daily ( China) January 22, 2015

Chinese President Xi Jinping's first "domestic inspection tour" of 2015 was used this week to try to boost the economy in the impoverished Yunnan Province in southwest China. The People’s Daily featured in-depth coverage and up-close photographs of Xi meeting with locals as the government seeks to rally support for what the president called the "tough battle" against poverty.

Xi, widely cited for his popular touch, chose as his first stop to meet locals the county of Ludian in Yunnan Province, an area where many ethnic groups live and which was also victim to a 6.1-magnitude earthquake last August that killed more than 600. Thousands of people still live in temporary camps in the area.

People's Daily reported that Xi was warmly welcomed by the earthquake survivors in Ludian, as he vowed to improve living standards and accelerate the building of new earthquake-resistant housing.

Xi also says that Ludian County should set a good example for the solidarity of the country. Despite being the world's second largest economy, China has 92 million people who live in poverty, many of the most destitute in minority ethnic regions in the west of the country.

ABOUT THE SOURCE: Founded in 1946, People’s Daily is the official newspaper of the government of the People's Republic of China.

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Bombs, "Humanitarian" Pause, More Bombs: Journey With Gazans Uprooted By Israel's War

After last Thursday's announcement of daily, four-hour humanitarian pauses in the northern part of Gaza, masses of Palestinians fled southward. But the journey is anything but safe and easy.

Bombs, "Humanitarian" Pause, More Bombs: Journey With Gazans Uprooted By Israel's War

Palestinians fleeing northern Gaza on a cart pulled by a donkey.

Beesan Kassab, Noor Swirki and Omar Mousa

KHAN YOUNIS — “The road is difficult. We suffered a lot. It’s all walking and hardships,” says a 60-year-old woman describing her recent journey from northern Gaza to Khan Younis in the south of the strip.

The woman, who is suffering from kidney disease, says that she and her children, along with others who have been displaced by Israel’s relentless bombing of civilians in Gaza, were shelled four times as they moved south. “We started running. What else could we do?” she says.

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But not everyone was able to outrun the Occupation’s strikes. Several people were killed and injured during the journey southward, she tells Mada Masr.

The woman and many others moved from northern Gaza after the White House announced on Thursday a daily, four-hour humanitarian pause in the northern part of the strip, to which Israel had pledged to uphold.

The Israeli occupation spokesperson Avichay Adraee, announced yesterday through his account on X that the Israeli military will allow the displaced to move to the south via the Salah al-Din road east of Gaza between 10 am and 4 pm.

However, the people of northern Gaza who moved within that time period tell Mada Masr they continued to face shelling along the supposed “humanitarian corridors” and in the south, which Israel has said will be a civilian refuge for those who leave “Hamas strongholds” in the north.

Palestinian Photographic Society Photojournalist Mohamed Abu al-Subh who, like other journalists and photographers, staying at the Shifa Hospital, tells Mada Masr: “The Occupation informed us to evacuate to the south, and we chose not to, but as fate would have it, we were forced [to move] by the shelling on Shifa Hospital Thursday and Friday.”

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