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A Palestinian worker arranges bottles Wednesday to be filled with alcohol at a pharmaceutical drug manufacturing company that receives raw materials from Israel, in Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza Strip. Some of the hundreds of Gaza factories idled by Israel’s blockade are cranking up rusty machines to can tomatoes, mix concrete and press pills again now that Israel is allowing in raw materials for the first time in three years. But Israel’s recent easing of the closure appears unlikely to get Gaza’s battered economy back on its feet.

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