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Hamas leader visits Gaza Strip

Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal is visiting the Gaza Strip for the first time, on his first trip to the occupied Palestinian Territories for 45 years.

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Exiled Hamas leader makes emotional visit to Gaza Strip

Senior Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh kisses Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal in Rafah today. Credit: Ahmed Jadallah / Reuters

Exiled Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal broke into tears as he arrived in the Gaza Strip for his first-ever visit.

Mashaal, who leads the Islamic militant movement from Qatar, crossed the border, kissed the ground and was greeted by a crowd of Hamas officials. He told the crowd:

"I am back in Gaza because it never left my heart. I have been dreaming of this historic moment my entire life, to come to Gaza. I ask God to give me martyrdom one day on this land."

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