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Jordan Islamist delegation enters Gaza via tunnels

June 5, 2013 10:27 A.M. (Updated: June 6, 2013 1:17 P.M.)
EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma'an) -- A delegation of Jordanian politicians entered the Gaza Strip this week via smuggling tunnels under the Egypt-Gaza border, Egyptian security officials said Wednesday.

Members from Jordan's Islamist Freedom and Justice party spent two days in Gaza, and reportedly met with Hamas officials.

A senior Egyptian security official told Ma'an that the delegation would have been allowed to travel to Gaza via the Rafah crossing, but instead chose to enter via smuggling tunnels in order to keep the visit a secret from the Jordanian government.

The group reportedly entered Gaza using a smuggling tunnel owned by a Hamas official, identified only as F.B, and left after a two-day visit.

Israel imposed a blockade on Gaza for what it called security reasons in 2007. The United Nations has appealed for it to be lifted.
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