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Officials say blockade in place to stop smuggling and manufacturing of arms, not related to Hamas' captivity of Gilad Schalit.
Israel has no intention of easing its blockade of the Gaza Strip because of the release of kidnapped soldier Gilad Schalit, government officials said Sunday.
The officials said the blockade was in place primarily to stop the smuggling and local manufacturing of arms, and was not necessarily related to Hamas’s holding of Schalit for over five years….