Local Sinn Féin MLA to visit Gaza

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Friday, November 30th, 2012
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Sinn Féin MLA’s Pat Sheehan and Caitriona Ruane are to travel to Gaza this week as part of a European parliamentarian delegation.

The purpose of the visit is to witness  first hand the situation in Gaza following eight days of intensive naval and aerial bombardment by Israeli forces.

Speaking ahead of the visit Ms Ruane said: “The impact on Gaza following a week of severe bombardment by Israeli forces is dramatic. It further compounds the destruction of infrastructure including roads, schools, hospitals, sanitation works and government buildings that have been destroyed or damaged in the Israeli assault four years ago.

“Given this and the ongoing illegal blockade by Israel which makes it extremely difficult to bring in the materials needed to rebuild this vital infrastructure the situation in Gaza is very serious.

She added, “We will meet with a the Al Dalu who lost ten family members when their house was hit by an Israeli missile. We will also meet with local politicians, NGO’s and UNRWA.”


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