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Did Qatar play a role in the collapse of Gaza truce talks?

Aug 21, 2014    

Dubai The explosions rocking the Gaza Strip may seem far removed from the flashy cars and skyscrapers of ultra-rich Qatar, but efforts to end fighting between Hamas and Israel could hinge on how the tiny Gulf Arab state wields its influence over a Palestinian militant group with few friends left.Qatar has been home to Hamas chief-in-exile Khaled Mashaal since 2012 and has carved out a role as a key financial patron for Gaza, buying influence while shoring up an economy overseen by Hamas.That support is prompting accusations that Qatar helped scuttle a lasting truce in the monthlong Gaza war, p...

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