World Bulletin / News Desk
Danish Foreign Minister Villy Sovndal arrived in Gaza on Wednesday morning for an unannounced visit to the Palestinian Gaza Strip to monitor conditions there in light of Israel's ongoing blockade of the territory.
Adnan Abu Hasna, spokesman for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), said the visit had only been coordinated with UNRWA, noting that the top diplomat plans to meet with several Palestinian officials during his visit.
Abu Hasna added that the media would not be allowed to report on the Danish diplomat's meetings in Gaza.
Foreign delegates, most of them from countries that consider Hamas – which governs Gaza – a "terrorist organization," usually coordinate visits to the territory through UNRWA.
Meanwhile, Rami Abdo, regional director of the Palestinian-European Council, said that Sovndal had arrived in Gaza to monitor conditions in the coastal enclave in light of an ongoing Israeli blockade on the territory that has remained in place since 2007.
The Danish official plans to visit different parts of Gaza in the company of UNRWA officials, Abdo said.
For the last three weeks, Gaza has suffered daily electricity outages of up to 12 hours after the strip's main power station stopped working amid warnings of a looming humanitarian crisis.
Israel's ongoing siege of the strip is coupled with a crackdown by the Egyptian army on the network of tunnels linking Gaza to Egypt's Sinai Peninsula.
According to Gaza government officials, this has adversely impacted the everyday lives of the enclave's almost 2 million inhabitants.Last Mod: 20 Kasım 2013, 17:58