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Focus on France 26 January 2009

French politicians visit Gaza

Article published on the 2009-01-26 Latest update 2009-01-26 15:02 TU

Delegation members Francis Wurtz MEP and Fernand Tuil(Photo: Marco Chown Oved)

Delegation members Francis Wurtz MEP and Fernand Tuil
(Photo: Marco Chown Oved)

Now that the Israeli tanks have pulled out of Gaza, aid workers, food and medical supplies are slowly beginning to trickle in. A delegation from France went to speak to Palestinians and tell their story.

Focus on France: Gaza delegation witnesses offensive aftermath

26/01/2009 by Marco Chown Oved

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