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Wednesday 25 May 2016

Israel bars Sinn Fein MLA Martina Anderson from Gaza

By Staff Reporter

Published 10/02/2016

Martina Anderson
Martina Anderson

Sinn Fein MEP Martina Anderson has been barred from Gaza by the Israeli authorities for the fourth time in two years.

She was leading an EU cross-party delegation on a fact-finding mission when she was denied entry.

The Northern Ireland MEP said the purpose of her delegation's visit was to "assess the situation on the ground and the impact EU policies and assistance programmes are having on the lives of Palestinians".

"Despite stating clearly that the remit of this delegation has a purely social, economic and humanitarian focus, we continue to be blocked," she said.

Ms Anderson was leading a group from the European Parliament's Delegation for Relations with Palestine.

Last March Ms Anderson was held for two hours at Tel Aviv Airport after visiting Jerusalem before being told she could not enter Gaza.

She was also denied access in September 2014 and October 2013.

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