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Qatar’s Gaza controversy

Qatari forays into Gaza have provided essential funding, important support and channels of communication for Hamas, a party rooted in the Muslim Brotherhood’s tradition that a majority of Gulf Co-operation Council members now shun. But that does not mean Qatari intervention is immune to local controversies. These have recently focused in speculation that Doha was looking to build an ‘embassy’ in Gaza, located – it is alleged – on the foundations of late Palestinian Authority chairman Yasser Arafat’s compound in Gaza City.

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