Media playback is unsupported on your device

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.

Most watched

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.