The Palestinian Prime Minister in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh, gave a warm welcome on Friday to a South African solidarity delegation, led by Waleed al-Sa'di from Durban. The delegation brought humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza in an attempt to ease the effects of the Israeli siege which has been imposed on the Strip since 2006.
Speaking to the congregation at the Friday Prayer in his local mosque in one of Gaza's refugee camps, Mr Haniyeh also praised the Arab Spring and commented on the current political scene in and around Palestine.
He praised the democratic elections in Egypt and urged the country's new president, Mohammed Morsi, to take tangible measures towards lifting the siege imposed on Gaza. "I am sure that Egypt will no longer stand by and give cover for any kind of war against Gaza," said the Prime Minister.
MEMO Photographer: Mohammed Asad