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Irish Minister in Gaza in a fact-finding visit
Irish Minister in Gaza in a fact-finding visit
Labour Party Minister for Trade and Development Joe Costello
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Gaza, ALRAY - Irish Minister for Development and Trade Joe Costello arrived Wednesday morning in the Gaza Strip through Israel-controlled Erez crossing in a visit to last for hours.

Irish Government News Service issued a press release on October 8 that said "Minister for Trade and Development Joe Costello TD will make a fact-finding visit to Gaza tomorrow, Wednesday 9 October, to see the situation on the ground and the humanitarian impact of the Israeli blockade on the people of Gaza,"

According to the Irish official source, the minister "will meet relief agencies who are working to provide emergency food supplies to Palestinian refugees in Gaza, including the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), who provide food assistance to more than 800,000 refugees in Gaza,"

Minister Costello will visit the Nuseirat Distribution Centre, where he will see the impact of Ireland’s support to UNRWA. He will also visit the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, added the release.

Mr. Costello held meetings Tuesday with the Abbas-backed government prime minister Rami Hamdallah, detainees minister, Issa Qaraqe, the chief Palestinian negotiator Dr Saeb Erekat and the minister for foreign affairs, Riyad al-Maliki.