Sheehan criticises decision to deny him entry to Gaza
Sinn Féin MLA Pat Sheehan has condemned the decision of the Israeli authorities to deny him entry to Gaza.
Speaking from Palestine, Mr Sheehan said;
"The decision by the Israeli authorities to deny me entry to Gaza is unacceptable and I condemn it.
"I am here to show Sinn Féin's solidarity with the Palestinian people and to promote efforts to reach a peaceful solution in the region.
"The people of Gaza have suffered enormously as a result of the Israeli blockade and the continuing military onslaught, the most recent just days ago.
"There is a growing humanitarian crisis in Gaza and Israel is attempting to hide that from the international community but they will not succeed.
"The international community have a responsibility to support the people of Palestine and to challenge the Israelis to stop the persecution of Gaza."