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Danish parliament leader to visit Gaza, bypass Israel

Feb. 6, 2014 8:40 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 8, 2014 9:44 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The speaker for the Danish parliament Mogens Lykketoft is set to visit the West Bank and Gaza next week, Israeli media reported on Thursday.

The website for the Israeli channel 10 reported that Lykketoft will not meet any Israeli officials during the visit, which caused outrage in Israel.

Israeli Knesset leader, Yuli Edelstein, criticized the Danish official for visiting Gaza and Ramallah and not meeting Israeli officials, Channel 10 reported.

The Gaza Strip has been under a severe economic blockade imposed by the State of Israel since 2006.

The blockade -- which is maintained with Egyptian support -- has severely limited the imports and exports of the Gaza Strip and has led to frequent humanitarian crises and hardship for Gazans.

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