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Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniya is protected by his security guards in Gaza City as he readies to depart on an official tour of Arab countries included Saudi Arabia where he will take part in the annual Hajj of Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca. Haniya went on his first foreign trip abroad as premier in late November, raising money for his boycotted government in Iran, Qatar and Sudan. He cut the trip short and returned to Gaza on December 14 to deal with internecine tensions between his ruling Hamas movement and Abbas's Fatah faction.
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