Palestinians say Gaza man killed at protest on Gaza border

"The Hamas focus will remain directed towards Palestine and Jerusalem, and towards national unity and the cohesion of the Palestinian people", Marzouk, a member of Hamas' political bureau, told a press conference in Beirut after meeting with Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri.

Hamas officials are tight-lipped about the pressure being put on Qatar, not wishing to draw attention to their own dilemma posed by the worst crisis among Gulf Arab for two decades.

Qatar has hosted Hamas leaders and has financed major projects in Gaza.

This, they said, was because of Qatar's alleged ties with Iran and Islamist groups in the region.

Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir called on Qatar to end its support for Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood amid a deepening rift between the Arab Gulf states.

Osama Hamdan, the head of the Hamas global relations department, said Haniyeh heading a group of Hamas officials will come to Tehran soon as part of a tour of regional countries, Tasnim News Agency reported.

People in the Gaza Strip have been staging protests to denounce the Israeli blockade.

"If these talks don't lead to new understandings getting Hamas out of its hard political situation, I think there will be more crises", he said. Meshaal remains in Qatar. It is not clear what message Sinwar has taken to Cairo, but analysts believe the aim is to try to keep Egypt on side and show Hamas can be a partner.

Now, Qatar's neighbours seem to have joined the fray, inching closer to fully endorsing Israel's narrative on groups such as Hamas, in the name of fighting extremism and terrorism, without defining either.

Qatar also helped pay for fuel deliveries from neighbouring Israel, which, despite its enmity to Hamas, supplies energy to Gaza for what it says are humanitarian reasons. "Hamas maybe the biggest loser of what is happening with Qatar".

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