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Egyptian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh arrived in Egypt Tuesday through the Rafah border crossing with the Gaza Strip. An Egyptian border official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters that Haniyeh's passage from the crossing was delayed by about three hours because Israel refused to let his vehicles out of the Gaza Strip. "After negotiations involving the European observers who supervised the crossing, Israel agreed to Haniyeh's passage from the crossing, independent of his car, to return after his arrival in Egyptian territory," Haniyeh said in a tour of Syria, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Iran. The aim of the tour is to seek political and material support and to follow up the Arab resolutions to lift the siege on the Palestinian people. Before Haniyeh crossed from Gaza to Egypt, he said he would mobilize political and financial support in the region in the face of economic sanctions imposed by the West on the Palestinian Authority after Hamas took power. This is Haniyeh's first foreign tour since he took over as prime minister after the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) won parliamentary elections in January. (Reuters)

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