Archive for Thursday, October 25, 2007

Hamas to build film studio in Gaza

October 25, 2007

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— Palestinian authorities plan to build a film studio in Gaza to shoot propaganda films, the head of the Hamas-run television channel, Al-Aqsa, said Wednesday.

The movie studio called Madinat Asdaa (the city of echoes) will be located on the site of the former Israeli settlement abandoned two years ago under the dismantlement program, Fathi Hammad said.

Despite the economic problems in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, work has already begun on the site, and, following the example of Hollywood, organizers are to build an amusement park and a fish farm next to the studio.

The Gaza Strip has been under control of the radical Islamist group Hamas since June, which resulted in sanctions and the suspending of humanitarian aid by the U.N. and the European Union, and the closure of borders with Israel.

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