SHAFAQNA – “We call on Arab countries [attending] the summit to work to end all forms of siege on the Gaza Strip,” Hamas said in a Saturday statement. Palestinian faction Hamas has called on an Arab summit, due to open in Egypt on Saturday, to end a years-long Israeli blockade on the Gaza Strip. Israel has been blockading the Gaza Strip since 2007 when Hamas routed forces loyal to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and took control of the entire Gaza Strip. The blockade has badly affected livelihood in the Palestinian territory and deprived the territory’s 1.9-million population of most basic needs.
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