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Hamas political bureau chief Khaled Meshal will visit the Gaza Strip for the first time on December 5, Palestinian officials said Sunday, reported Haaretz.
Meshal's planned visit was announced a month ago, before a final date had been set. Meshal lives in exile in Damascus.
The political leader will deliver an address at various ceremonies to be held at that time celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Hamas movement's founding. This year's anniversary will be marked with larger-than-usual ceremonies.
Last month, the emir of Qatar to became the first head of state to visit the coastal territory since the Islamic group took power there in 2007.
Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh lauded Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani's for his visit, praising him for breaking"the economic and political blockade imposed on the Gaza Strip by a cruel enemy trying to subjugate the Palestinians".Last Mod: 26 Kasım 2012, 11:22