Report: Israel Bans Swiss Officials from Gaza Following Hamas Meetings

Avigdor Liberman
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The Times of Israel reports:  Israel has reportedly banned Swiss officials from entering the Gaza Strip from its territory following a series of meetings between representatives of the European country and Hamas leaders.

The ban was issued by Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman after the matter was brought to his attention by the Israel Defense Forces’ Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) Yoav Mordechai, Hadashot news (formerly Channel 2) reported Tuesday.

The TV report said Liberman gave the order until the matter is fully investigated. Liberman said he would not consider lifting the restrictions until consultations were held with Swiss officials. The decision to order the prohibition came after a pair of meetings between Swiss diplomats and top Hamas figures in Gaza in recent weeks, including the terror group’s leader Ismail Haniyeh and its Gaza chief Yahya Sinwar.

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