Qatar ruler begins landmark visit to Gaza
23 October 2012 Last updated at 12:55 BST
The emir of Qatar has become the first head of state to visit the Gaza Strip since the Islamist group Hamas came to power there in 2007.
Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani crossed into Gaza by car from Egypt amid tight security, and was greeted by Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniya.
He is set to launch a $400m (£250m) project to help rebuild Gaza.
Jon Donnison reports.