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Hamas leader in Beirut on rare visit

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BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) — The exiled leader of the Palestinian militant group Hamas is in Beirut for a rare visit to meet with Lebanese leaders.

The Syria-based Khaled Mashaal’s trip to Beirut is his first known visit since Israeli warplanes destroyed his faction’s office in the Lebanese capital during the 2006 Israel-Hezbollah war.


His movements are largely kept secret because of assassination fears.

Lebanon’s National News Agency says Mashaal arrived Monday and held talks with the country’s president and other leaders about the situation in Lebanon’s 12 Palestinian refugee camps.

The dispute between Hamas and the other major Palestinian faction, Fatah, has raised tensions among Lebanon’s 400,000 Palestinian refugees.

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