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With no UN summer camps, Hamas fills gap in Gaza

Islamic militant group offers mix of religion, play

AL-QARARA, Gaza Strip — The Islamic militant group Hamas has won a vital battle with the United Nations over the hearts of Gaza’s children, moving unopposed into the summer camp sector this year after the world body ran out of money.

That means Gaza kids who go to camp will choose among those that are heavy with lessons on Islam, political indoctrination, and, in some cases, paramilitary training.

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