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Haniyeh invites Gaddafi to visit Gaza

July 19, 2010 9:40 A.M. (Updated: July 20, 2010 12:56 A.M.)
Gaza – Ma'an – Gaza-based premier Ismail Haniyeh has invited Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to visit the Strip, after meeting with a Libyan delegation on Sunday.

The invitation was put forward as Haniyeh met with Libyan charity officials who were originally scheduled to arrive at Gaza City's port to deliver humanitarian aid.

The ship's captain diverted to the Egyptian port of Al-Arish, and officials entered Sunday via the southern Rafah crossing.

Haniyeh said Gaddafi's visit would be a "historic turning point" for the Palestinian people and in breaking the political and economic siege imposed on Gaza.

The Gaza premier further said all aid convoys to the Strip should continue their efforts to break the siege and warned against "falling into the trap of Israeli policy which deludes the world into thinking things are getting better in Gaza."

The eight-member delegation from the ship organized by the Tripoli-based Gaddafi International Charity and Development Foundation set sail for Gaza last Friday from Greece but diverted its course for Egypt.

The aid on board the ship was unloaded by Egyptian Red Crescent officials, and is expected to enter Gaza via the Kerem Shalom crossing in the south after Israeli authorities have completed their inspection.
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