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Qatar visit breaks Gaza ice, delights Hamas

Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh walks with the Emir of Qatar Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani (front R) during a welcoming ceremony at the Rafah border crossing with Egypt in the southern Gaza Strip October 23, 2012. REUTERS/Mohammed Abed/Pool

Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh walks with the Emir of Qatar Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani (front R) during a welcoming ceremony at the Rafah border crossing with Egypt in the southern Gaza Strip October 23, 2012. REUTERS/Mohammed Abed/Pool

Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh walks with the Emir of Qatar Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani (front R) during a welcoming ceremony at the Rafah border crossing with Egypt in the southern Gaza Strip October 23, 2012. REUTERS/Mohammed Abed/Pool
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The Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani (L) is greeted by Palestinians upon his arrival to a cornerstone laying ceremony for a new center providing artificial limbs, in Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip October 23, 2012. REUTERS/Ali Ali/Pool

The Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani (L) is greeted by Palestinians upon his arrival to a cornerstone laying ceremony for a new center providing artificial limbs, in Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip October 23, 2012. REUTERS/Ali...more

The Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani (L) is greeted by Palestinians upon his arrival to a cornerstone laying ceremony for a new center providing artificial limbs, in Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip October 23, 2012. REUTERS/Ali Ali/Pool
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The Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani speaks during his visit to the Islamic University in Gaza City October 23, 2012. REUTERS/Wissam Nassar/Pool

The Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani speaks during his visit to the Islamic University in Gaza City October 23, 2012. REUTERS/Wissam Nassar/Pool

The Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani speaks during his visit to the Islamic University in Gaza City October 23, 2012. REUTERS/Wissam Nassar/Pool
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The Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani (R), his wife Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser al-Missned (L), Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh (2nd R) and his wife Amal Haniyeh arrive at a cornerstone laying ceremony for Hamad, a new residential neighbourhood in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip October 23, 2012. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem (GAZA)

The Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani (R), his wife Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser al-Missned (L), Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh (2nd R) and his wife Amal Haniyeh arrive at a cornerstone laying ceremony for Hamad, a new residential...more

The Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani (R), his wife Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser al-Missned (L), Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh (2nd R) and his wife Amal Haniyeh arrive at a cornerstone laying ceremony for Hamad, a new residential neighbourhood in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip October 23, 2012. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem (GAZA)
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The Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani (C) arrives at a cornerstone laying ceremony for Hamad, a new residential neighbourhood in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip October 23, 2012. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

The Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani (C) arrives at a cornerstone laying ceremony for Hamad, a new residential neighbourhood in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip October 23, 2012. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

The Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani (C) arrives at a cornerstone laying ceremony for Hamad, a new residential neighbourhood in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip October 23, 2012. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem
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