Palestinian Hamas supporters gather for a rally in Gaza City, Gaza Strip, Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
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Hamas held Thursday its first public rally since a cease-fire with Israel, vowing to never give up its arms and to continue to fight for the lifting of the blockade of Gaza.The uncompromising rhetoric of the official, Mushir al-Masri, came on the third and final day of a truce in the monthlong Israel-Hamas war and at a time when the militant group and other Palestinian factions are in Cairo indirectly negotiating with Israel for a permanent cease-fire and steps to lift the seven-year-old blockade of the coastal strip by Israel and Egypt.
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