Hamas starts arresting male hairdressers
The Hamas government in Gaza has begun enforcing a law introduced last year banning men from cutting women’s hair.
Until now, the law had not been enforced, but this week at least one male hairdresser in Gaza was arrested.
Male hairdressers for women are regarded by many Muslims as against Islamic tradition.
The move is seen as an attempt to bolster Hamas’s Islamic credentials against critics who say it has become too moderate.
The reality is in Gaza - with its huge Muslim majority - most women do not want to have their hair cut by men.
Nevertheless a few salons have clung on, where male hairdressers work.
This week they are sitting idle outside their shops, fearful of arrest if they step inside.