Israel Bans Italian Delegation from Entering Gaza

Italian chef Maurizio Loi trains Gaza chefts on pizza making. (Photo: via SAFA, file)

An Italian delegation led by the Deputy Parliament Speaker, Luigi de Mayo, was banned by Israel from entering the Gaza Strip.

In a statement, Italy’s Five Star Movement said the Italian Embassy in Israel informed De Mayo and parliamentarians, Manlio Di Stefano and Ornella Bertorauta, that the Israeli government will not allow the delegation to cross into the Gaza Strip to visit the Italian projects in Gaza.

The group will only visit projects in the occupied West Bank.

While the Israeli Embassy in Rome said permits to enter the Gaza Strip are subject to special security considerations, RAI TV quoted De Mayo as saying that Israel’s decision is an indicator of the negative policies adopted by Tel Aviv and their effects on the peace process.


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