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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Gaza entry granted to Swedish minister

Tue, 03 Feb 2009 12:01:49 GMT | PressTV

Israel targeted Gaza City's al-Quds Hospital on January 16, 2009, forcing wounded patients to flee the medical center.
Israel has allowed the Swedish foreign minister to enter Gaza on a surprise visit which does not include meeting Hamas officials.

Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt on Tuesday toured the destroyed Atta Abu Jibba cement-packing factory on the outskirts of Gaza City, damaged by the 23-day Israeli assault on the population of the Gaza Strip.

The minister also visited the Al-Quds Hospital.

Located in the Tal al-Hawa neighborhood of Gaza City, the hospital was packed with wounded Palestinians when Israeli forces attacked, setting fire to a wing of the medical center.

Bildt also met with United Nations and hospital officials and assessed the damage from Israel's Operation Cast Lead, which killed at least 1,330 Palestinians in Gaza and injured over 5,450 others.

The tour, however, did not include visits with the democratically-elected Hamas rulers of the Palestinian territory.

On January 26, 2006, Hamas won a stunning victory in the Palestinian parliamentary elections that gave it a decisive majority in the legislature.

The group won 76 of the 132 seats in parliament, while the Fatah party, which had dominated Palestinian politics for decades, secured only 43.

The minister is expected to leave Gaza later on Tuesday.

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