JERUSALEM (JTA)– The Emir of Qatar became the first head of state to visit the Gaza Strip since Hamas took over in 2007.
The Emir, Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, entered Gaza on Tuesday from Egypt, heading a humanitarian mission to launch reconstruction projects totalling $250 million, according to Reuters. He pledged another $150 million in projects during the visit, according to Reuters.
The Emir was greeted by a Palestinian honor guard. He was scheduled to speak at the Gaza City stadium. Thousands of security guards secured the Emir’s visit.
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