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Hamas leader Meshaal: Gaza 'always in my heart'

The exiled political leader of Hamas, Khaled Meshaal, has given a news conference during his first visit to Gaza, to mark the organisation's 25th anniversary.

Mr Meshaal had not set foot in the Palestinian territories since leaving the West Bank in 1967.

In a statement to the media, he said: "I consider this moment my third birth, and I pray to God that my fourth birth will be the moment when all of Palestine is liberated."

"Gaza has always been in my heart," he said.