The day Gaza got an airport and a presidential visit, fueling dreams of statehood


The Gaza International Airport was shut down amid Israeli-Palestinian fighting in 2001, barely two years after it opened. Today it lies in ruins. This photo is from 2011.

It seems hard to fathom today, but 25 years ago, a relatively calm Gaza appeared to be progressing toward a Palestinian state — and President Bill Clinton inaugurated the Gaza International Airport.

(Image credit: SAID KHATIB/AFP via Getty Images)

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