Hamas chief Meshaal pays historic visit to Gaza

2012-12-07 15:31:32 GMT2012-12-07 23:31:32(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English
Khaled Meshaal(R), the politburo chief of the Islamist Hamas movement, and senior Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh wave during a news conference upon Meshaal's arrival at Rafah crossing in southern Gaza Strip, Dec. 7, 2012. Khaled Meshaal visited on Friday the former residence of late Hamas founder and spiritual leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin who was killed in Gaza 2004.(Photo/Xinhua)Khaled Meshaal(R), the politburo chief of the Islamist Hamas movement, and senior Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh wave during a news conference upon Meshaal's arrival at Rafah crossing in southern Gaza Strip, Dec. 7, 2012. Khaled Meshaal visited on Friday the former residence of late Hamas founder and spiritual leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin who was killed in Gaza 2004.(Photo/Xinhua)
Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal (C) waves his fist upon his arrival in the southern Gaza Strip, Dec. 7, 2012. Khaled Meshaal, the politburo chief of Islamic Hamas movement, arrived in the Gaza Strip Friday afternoon through Rafah crossing and started a three-day historic visit to the coastal enclave.(Photo/Xinhua)Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal (C) waves his fist upon his arrival in the southern Gaza Strip, Dec. 7, 2012. Khaled Meshaal, the politburo chief of Islamic Hamas movement, arrived in the Gaza Strip Friday afternoon through Rafah crossing and started a three-day historic visit to the coastal enclave.(Photo/Xinhua)
Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal waves his hands upon his arrival in the southern Gaza Strip, Dec. 7, 2012. Khaled Meshaal, the politburo chief of Islamic Hamas movement, arrived in the Gaza Strip Friday afternoon through Rafah crossing and started a three-day historic visit to the coastal enclave.(Photo/Xinhua)Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal waves his hands upon his arrival in the southern Gaza Strip, Dec. 7, 2012. Khaled Meshaal, the politburo chief of Islamic Hamas movement, arrived in the Gaza Strip Friday afternoon through Rafah crossing and started a three-day historic visit to the coastal enclave.(Photo/Xinhua)

Khaled Meshaal, the politburo chief of Islamist Hamas movement, visited on Friday the former residence of late Hamas founder and spiritual leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin who was killed in Gaza 2004.

Meshaal arrived in the Gaza Strip earlier Friday afternoon in a three-day historic visit to the enclave that Hamas had violently seized control of in June 2007.

Meshaal and all Hamas leadership that rules the Gaza Strip arrived at Sheikh Yassin's house, and were received by Yassin's brothers and children.

Yassin, who founded Hamas in Gaza in 1987, was assassinated by Israel in March 2004.

In several recent interviews, Meshaal stressed that Hamas would accept the establishment of a Palestinian state on the territories occupied by Israel in 1967.

"From the house of Sheikh Yassin I say to the people of Gaza that today we are meeting in Gaza and tomorrow we will meet in Ramallah and Hebron and Nablus and Jerusalem..." said Meshaal.

Meshaal also called on the Palestinians to keep fighting Israel and achieve real reconciliation and unity.

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