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Influential Muslim cleric Qaradawi visits Gaza

AFP, Wednesday 8 May 2013
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Influential Muslim cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi on Wednesday started his first visit to the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, crossing into the Palestinian territory at Rafah, on the border with Egypt.

An AFP photographer said Egyptian-born Qaradawi, who is a citizen of Qatar and close to the Muslim Brotherhood, arrived in the territory shortly after 9:30 pm (1830 GMT).

He has said the aim of the three-day trip to Gaza is to "support its people and participate in lifting the (Israeli) blockade against them."

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