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From wedding dresses to soap: Gaza event highlights Israeli siege

Over 1,000 items displayed at exhibition calling attention to Israel's 'suffocating' Gaza siege, home to two million.

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Jamal al-Khoudary: 'We wanted to highlight the suffering of the people in Gaza' [Hosam Salem/Al Jazeera]

School supplies, medical equipment, power generators, and even children’s bicycles – these are just some of the items displayed at a new exhibition in the Gaza Strip showcasing more than 1,000 “basic commodities” banned from entering the coastal enclave due to Israel’s crippling blockade.

Business owners, commerce officials and several non-governmental groups attended the event on Thursday, which coincided with an Israeli decision to block the supply of fuel and gas to the coastal enclave.

“We wanted to highlight the suffering of the people in Gaza,” said Jamal al-Khoudary, a Palestinian MP and the head of the Popular Committee to End Gaza’s Siege, the group organising the showcase.

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