Hamas leader leaves Gaza first time since 2007

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Hamas prime minister Ismail Haniya began a tour on Sunday, his office said, his first exit from Gaza since Israel and Egypt imposed a siege in 2007. Sources in his office revealed that Haniya would visit Egypt and Sudan, after which he plans to go to Qatar, Turkey, Tunisia and Bahrain. The primary purpose of the trip was to obtain “help and aid” to rebuild Gaza City, but Haniya was also likely also address the issue of Palestinian reconciliation in talks, they said.