Hamas leader Khaled Meshal made his first visit to the Gaza Strip on Friday, the New York Times reported:
For Mr. Meshal, 56, it was a triumphant visit, and Hamas soldiers, armed with rifles and wearing balaclavas, lined the streets where he was to travel. He entered from Egypt, through the Rafah crossing, an indication of a new alliance with Cairo.
It was his first visit to the Gaza Strip. He fled the West Bank with his family after the 1967 Arab-Israeli war and had never returned to Palestinian territory.