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    DFA working to assist Irish in Gaza

    By Noreen Bowden | January 8, 2009

    The Department of Foreign Affairs is working to ensure Irish citizens in Gaza can depart safely from the bombarded region.

    The Irish Times is reporting that as many as 40 people with Irish connections are in the territory, and the Irish embassy has been working to secure exits for a number of these. Among them is an Irish-born child and his family; five-year-old Basil Nateel moved to Gaza with his Palestinian mother and his three sisters in 2007.

    The newspaper reports that a DFA spokesperson said:

    “There are a number of Irish citizens and individuals with Irish connections in Gaza at the moment and all are being provided with consular assistance through our embassy in Tel Aviv. They are in constant contact with the Department of Foreign Affairs and an exit plan is in place to allow them to leave Gaza when it is safe to do so.

    See the entire article on the Irish Times website.

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