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Abu Obaida, the spokesman for the Ezzedine Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, holds a press conference at Jabalia refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip on December 27, 2009. The Islamist Hamas movement praised Gaza's "steadfastness" as the battered enclave marked the first anniversary of the deadliest Israeli offensive ever launched against the territory . Photo by Mohammed Othman