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Hamas leader meets Qatari head of state to discuss efforts to ‘rebuild’ Gaza

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh speaks at the funeral of Qassem Soleimani, in Tehran, Iran, January 6, 2020. (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader)
Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh speaks at the funeral of Qassem Soleimani, in Tehran, Iran, January 6, 2020. (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader)

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh meets with Qatari head of state Emir Tamim Hamad Al Thani to discuss “efforts to rebuild the Gaza Strip,” as well as other “recent developments,” according to a statement by Haniyeh’s office.

Qatar has pumped millions into the coastal enclave for years with Israeli approval. The funds have gone towards development projects such as hospitals, as well as direct handouts of cash to impoverished Gazan families.

The Gulf state is likely to play a key role in the coming efforts to reconstruct structures demolished by 11 days of fighting between Israel and the Hamas terror group.

According to Haniyeh’s office, the emir vows “to continue supporting the Palestinian people and their just cause.”

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