Palestinian Protesters to French FM “You Are Not Welcome in Gaza”

PNN – Palestine News Network -21.01.11 – 12:53

Gaza – PNN – Hundreds of Palestinian protesters tried on Friday morning to stop the convey of French Minister of Foreign Affairs, Michèle Alliot-Marie, from entering the Gaza Strip.

Protesters, mainly families of Palestinians detained by the Israeli army, were angry by the comments the Minister made reading Gilad Shalit, the Israeli soldier captured by Palestinian resistance groups in Gaza.

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“Shalit is a French citizen, and France is using all its ties in the region to advance his release, His complete isolation and preventing any sign of life from him is completely inhumane.” Alliot-Marie told Shalit parents when she met them on Thursday at their protest tent in Jerusalem.

Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit was taken prisoner by Palestinian fighters during an attack on his post in the Gaza Strip back in 2006. There are more than 8,000 Palestinian detainees, including 303 children, currently imprisoned by Israel. The Hamas movement and other factions holding Shalit demand that Israel release Palestinian prisoners in exchange for Shalit freedom.

Today Palestinian protesters tried to stop the minister convoy which entered Gaza via the Erez Crossing at the borders with Israel by lying on the road and shouting “You are not welcome in Gaza.” Local Palestinian sources announced that protesters also throw their shoes at the minister’s car.

Palestinian police showed up and asked people to move away from the road allowing Alliot-Marie convoy to proceed. The French official will visit the UNRWA and the French Cultural Center in Gaza.  She will not meet any Hamas officials in Gaza.

The Hamas movement took total control of the Gaza Strip back in June of 2007 ending months of bloody fighting with the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party. Fatah-Hamas fighting started shortly after Hamas won the elections of 2006.

 


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