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Palestinian female singer holds rare concert in Gaza

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Gazans have attended a concert by Palestinian female singer Reem Talhami, a performance considered exceptional in the territory besieged by Israel, and ruled by the Islamist Hamas movement.

Talhami came to the Gaza Strip from Jerusalem.

“I’m very happy to be in Gaza. I love this city. When I arrived for the first time, I felt that Israel is the one destroying, and Gazans are those who build,” she said.

“She’s not singing things related to blood and missiles. She sings in a different style, yet it still conveys Palestinian suffering,” said a male concert-goer.

Another told Al Arabiya that he hoped all artists would be allowed into Gaza, including Lebanese singer Elissa and Egyptian star Amr Diab.