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Gaza government to launch new TV channel

April 14, 2014 3:30 P.M. (Updated: April 14, 2014 11:58 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Gaza cabinet members on Monday announced plans to launch a government-run satellite channel, the cabinet said in a statement.

The channel -- which will be affiliated to Gaza's public information office -- is to be called "al-Raay," meaning "the Opinion" in English.

According to the statement, the decision was made during a weekly cabinet meeting.

The Hamas movement launched its official satellite channel, Al-Aqsa TV, in 2006. Al-Raay will be the first satellite channel run by the Gaza government more specifically.

Hamas was founded in 1987 as an offshoot of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist movement.

Gaza's Hamas-run government has been in charge of the impoverished coastal Strip since 2007, following a week of fighting between Hamas and its rival Palestinian faction, Fatah.

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