Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak Defies Israel Blockade, Visits Palestinians in the Gaza Strip

by Colonel on January 22, 2013

“Malaysia’s prime minister defied Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip to visit the Palestinian enclave on Tuesday, part of a diplomatic push by Gaza’s Islamist rulers that is irritating their secular rivals in the West Bank.

Premier Najib Razak, along with a group of Malaysian ministers, crossed into Gaza via its land border with Egypt for what he described as a humanitarian visit.

“We believe in the struggle of the Palestinian people. They have been suppressed and oppressed for so long,” Najib told reporters as he was greeted by officials from Gaza’s Hamas government.

He was the second world leader in recent months to defy the five-year blockade and accept an invitation from Hamas. …

Qatar’s emir, Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, made a brief visit to Gaza in October and promised $400 million in aid for infrastructure. He too entered via Egypt.

” — (Writing by Noah Browning; Editing by Tom Pfeiffer), Copyright 2013 Thomson Reuters

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