Hamas leader Mashaal ends exile, arrives in Gaza Strip

By REUTERS
December 7, 2012 13:14




GAZA - Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal arrived in the Gaza Strip on Friday, witnesses said, ending 45 years of exile from the Palestinian Territories with a visit that underscored the Islamist group's growing confidence.

Mashaal will spend barely 48 hours in the coastal enclave and attend a mass rally on Saturday that has been billed as both a commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the founding of Hamas and a "victory" celebration after its recent war with Israel.


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