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Palestinian workers lay asphalt as a street is paved in Gaza City using funding from the ruling Hamas government on July 11, 2010. The impoverished Palestinian territory of 1.5 million people has been under a crippling blockade since militants captured an Israeli soldier in a deadly cross-border raid in 2006 with Israel tightening its grip after the Islamist movement Hamas seized control of Gaza the following year. Photo by Ashraf Amra