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Controversial Egyptian cleric, Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi

Controversial Egyptian cleric, Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi

A group of pro-Syrian protesters have staged a rally in Gaza Strip to protest against the visit of controversial Egyptian cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi to the coastal enclave. Al-Qaradawi arrived for his first visit to Gaza on Wednesday. The cleric has specifically become the target of attacks of protesters for voicing support for the foreign-backed insurgents in Syria. On Thursday, the protesters chanted slogans in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as well as the leader of the Lebanese resistance movement Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah. They also voiced anger against the militants that have caused the unrest in Syria for over three years now. The Syria crisis began in March 2011, and many people, including large numbers of soldiers and security personnel, have been killed in the violence. The Syrian government says that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the militants are foreign nationals. MN/HN
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