The emir of Qatar, Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani, became the first head of state to visit the Gaza Strip since Hamas took over in 2007.
Thani was greeted by a Palestinian honor guard as he entered Gaza from Egypt on Oct. 23. He is heading a humanitarian mission to launch reconstruction projects totaling $250 million, according to Reuters; he pledged another $150 million in projects during the visit.
The emir was scheduled to speak at the Gaza City stadium. Thousands of security guards secured his visit. — jta