Despite recent reports, a Hamas official said on Tuesday that the leader of the Islamist mouvement, Khaled Mashal, will not visit the Gaza Strip in the near future. ”I do not think the visit will be soon,” Khalil Al-Hayya said. “Mashaal intends to visit Gaza, but the visit is subjected to necessary security and political arrangements.”
Mashal was born in the West Bank and has been based in Syria for years. He has never visited the West Bank.
Xinhua News Agency, China