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US pledges aid to rebuild Gaza, but stresses Hamas should not benefit

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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken pledged his country’s help in rebuilding the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, though he stressed that the aid must not benefit Hamas, which rules the area. The announcement is part of Blinken’s goal during his trip to the Middle East – set to last through Thursday – to help support a ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinian Territories that has been in place since Friday. He announced the US’ “significant contribution” to Gaza after a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The Biden administration will ask Congress for additional 75 million dolla…

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