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Gaza falls quiet as Hamas bans street concerts

The Hamas-affiliated Ministry of Interior has forbidden concerts on public streets, upsetting many residents and artists who consider music a crucial part of their lives and livelihoods.
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Concerts and live performances are traditionally an integral part of every Gazan wedding, be they held on the street or in a venue. Gazans dance to tarab songs and blow off steam amid the hardships and violence that continuously plague Gaza.

But on July 14, the Hamas-affiliated Interior Ministry banned street concerts, to wide anger among Gazan residents and musicians.

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