A US congressman on Saturday began a visit to rights groups and students in the Gaza Strip.
Keith Ellison met earlier with Israeli security officials and Palestinian officials in the West Bank.A US Consulate spokesman in Jerusalem, Frank Finver, said the Minneapolis Democrat's Gaza visit would last a day.
Hamas official Ahmed Yousef said the group welcomes all visitors but that it had not been informed of Ellison's visit. The US considers Hamas a terrorist organization.
Ellison is the first Muslim Congressman.
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