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Gaza: Israel blocks European politician delegation including Sinn Fein's Martina Anderson from entering

Sinn Fein's Martina Anderson and a delegation of politicians have been refused entry into Gaza

The Londonderry MEP said the group - which included two other Sinn Fein members - were in Israel on a four-day visit.

Speaking from Jerusalem, Ms Anderson criticised the Israeli government for refusing the international delegation entry.

"The Israeli government refused us, 13 MEPs from six countries, entry into Gaza on the grounds that our visit to the region is 'not directly concerned with the provision of humanitarian assistance'," she said.

"This beggars belief considering that the horrific and harrowing humanitarian situation in Gaza is a direct result of Israel's 53-day military attack on the Gaza Strip. 

"We want to go to Gaza to assess the situation on the ground first hand. 

"This would have enabled us to relay that information back to the European Parliament and push for greater provision of EU humanitarian aid to Gaza and an end to the blockade and occupation. 

"We call on the Israeli authorities to overturn this decision and grant us access."

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