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Feted in Gaza, Hamas leader to attend "victory rally"

Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal (2nd R) gestures to the crowd as he rides in a car beside senior Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh (R) in Gaza City December 7, 2012. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal (2nd R) gestures to the crowd as he rides in a car beside senior Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh (R) in Gaza City December 7, 2012. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal (2nd R) gestures to the crowd as he rides in a car beside senior Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh (R) in Gaza City December 7, 2012. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah
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Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal (seated on top of car, L) gestures to the crowd as he rides in a car beside senior Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh in Gaza City December 7, 2012. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal (seated on top of car, L) gestures to the crowd as he rides in a car beside senior Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh in Gaza City December 7, 2012. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal (seated on top of car, L) gestures to the crowd as he rides in a car beside senior Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh in Gaza City December 7, 2012. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah
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Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal (2nd R) hugs the son of late Hamas military commander Ahmed al-Jaabari, who was killed in an Israeli air strike, in Gaza City December 7, 2012. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal (2nd R) hugs the son of late Hamas military commander Ahmed al-Jaabari, who was killed in an Israeli air strike, in Gaza City December 7, 2012. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal (2nd R) hugs the son of late Hamas military commander Ahmed al-Jaabari, who was killed in an Israeli air strike, in Gaza City December 7, 2012. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah
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Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal (2nd R), riding in a car with senior Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh (R), gestures to the crowd upon his arrival in Gaza City December 7, 2012. Meshaal ended decades of exile from Palestinian land on Friday with a triumphal first ever visit to the Gaza Strip that underscored the Islamist group's growing confidence following its latest conflict with Israel. REUTERS/ Mohammed Salem

Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal (2nd R), riding in a car with senior Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh (R), gestures to the crowd upon his arrival in Gaza City December 7, 2012. Meshaal ended decades of exile from Palestinian land on Friday with a triumphal...more

Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal (2nd R), riding in a car with senior Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh (R), gestures to the crowd upon his arrival in Gaza City December 7, 2012. Meshaal ended decades of exile from Palestinian land on Friday with a triumphal first ever visit to the Gaza Strip that underscored the Islamist group's growing confidence following its latest conflict with Israel. REUTERS/ Mohammed Salem
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Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal (L), riding in a car with senior Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh (R), waves to the crowd upon his arrival in the southern Gaza Strip December 7, 2012. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal (L), riding in a car with senior Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh (R), waves to the crowd upon his arrival in the southern Gaza Strip December 7, 2012. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal (L), riding in a car with senior Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh (R), waves to the crowd upon his arrival in the southern Gaza Strip December 7, 2012. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah
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Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal (front L), riding in a car with senior Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh (front R), gestures to the crowd upon his arrival in Gaza City December 7, 2012. REUTERS/ Mohammed Salem

Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal (front L), riding in a car with senior Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh (front R), gestures to the crowd upon his arrival in Gaza City December 7, 2012. REUTERS/ Mohammed Salem

Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal (front L), riding in a car with senior Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh (front R), gestures to the crowd upon his arrival in Gaza City December 7, 2012. REUTERS/ Mohammed Salem
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Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal (C) is hugged by a Palestinian as senior Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh (R) stands behind them upon Meshaal's arrival at Rafah crossing in the southern Gaza Strip December 7, 2012. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal (C) is hugged by a Palestinian as senior Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh (R) stands behind them upon Meshaal's arrival at Rafah crossing in the southern Gaza Strip December 7, 2012. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal (C) is hugged by a Palestinian as senior Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh (R) stands behind them upon Meshaal's arrival at Rafah crossing in the southern Gaza Strip December 7, 2012. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem
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Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal talks during his interview with Reuters in Doha November 29, 2012. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal talks during his interview with Reuters in Doha November 29, 2012. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal talks during his interview with Reuters in Doha November 29, 2012. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah
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Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal, riding in a car next to senior Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh (R), waves to the crowd upon his arrival in the southern Gaza Strip December 7, 2012. Meshaal arrived in the Gaza Strip on Friday, ending 45 years of exile from Palestinian land with a visit that underscored the Islamist group's growing confidence following a recent conflict with Israel. REUTERS/ Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal, riding in a car next to senior Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh (R), waves to the crowd upon his arrival in the southern Gaza Strip December 7, 2012. Meshaal arrived in the Gaza Strip on Friday, ending 45 years of exile from...more

Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal, riding in a car next to senior Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh (R), waves to the crowd upon his arrival in the southern Gaza Strip December 7, 2012. Meshaal arrived in the Gaza Strip on Friday, ending 45 years of exile from Palestinian land with a visit that underscored the Islamist group's growing confidence following a recent conflict with Israel. REUTERS/ Ibraheem Abu Mustafa
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Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal (R) and senior Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh wave during a news conference upon Meshaal's arrival at Rafah crossing in the southern Gaza Strip December 7, 2012. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal (R) and senior Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh wave during a news conference upon Meshaal's arrival at Rafah crossing in the southern Gaza Strip December 7, 2012. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal (R) and senior Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh wave during a news conference upon Meshaal's arrival at Rafah crossing in the southern Gaza Strip December 7, 2012. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem
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