Hamas says Blair is heading to Gaza


Middle East envoy Tony Blair reportedly will visit the Gaza Strip this week.


Hamas officials told major news agencies Monday that they were preparing for Blair’s visit, which would be his first since the Islamist group took control of Gaza.


Since becoming Middle East envoy of the diplomatic Quartet – the United Nations, the European Union, the United States and Russia – a year ago, Blair has refused to meet with Hamas, which seized control of Gaza in June 2007 and is the subject of a U.S.-led boycott.


Blair’s office has not confirmed the visit.


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