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Back in control: Hamas

Gaza City (Gaza Strip): Bearded Hamas men have delivered an envelope with five crisp $100 bills to a veiled woman whose house was damaged during Israel’s invasion of Gaza, the first of promised relief payments by the militant group.

In another part of the territory, a bulldozer cleared rubble and filled in a bomb crater where a week before a top Hamas leader had been killed in an Israeli air strike. Since a truce took hold this week, ending Israel’s three-week onslaught, Gaza’s Hamas rulers have declared victory and are showing they are in control.

They have pledged $52 million of the group’s funds to help repair lives, the money divided up by category. — AP

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