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Israel is trying to cause a humanitarian crisis in Gaza to oust Hamas

Israel started cutting electricity to the Gaza Strip this week in a move that could translate to 21-hour blackouts and intensify the coastal enclave’s already dire humanitarian crisis in the brutal heat of summer. In theory, the controversial move is meant to ramp up pressure on Hamas and amplify Israel’s support of Mahmoud Abbas, leader of the nationalist Fatah movement and president of the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority (PA), as he seeks to reassert his authority in the Gaza Strip, which he lost control of over a decade ago. But…

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