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Adams 'banned from visiting Gaza'

Irish nationalist leader Gerry Adams says Israel has barred him from making a planned visit to the Gaza Strip during a three-day tour of the region.

Mr Adams says he was not given a reason for the Israeli decision preventing Friday's trip and adds that he is disappointed by it.

Israel's Defence Ministry - which controls access from Israel to the densely populated strip - was not immediately available for comment.

Mr Adams' Sinn Fein Party has long taken a pro-Palestinian position in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Earlier in his trip to the region, Mr Adams met with Issac Herzog, leader of Israel's opposition Labour Party, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Mr Adams said that while in Gaza, he had intended on meeting with NGOs, and visiting hospitals and other public institutions.

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