Hamas turns back Gaza war orphans bound for Israel on goodwill trip

December 29, 2014 6:09 AM

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Hamas turns back Gaza war orphans bound for Israel on goodwill trip

Hamas authorities in the Gaza Strip prevented a group of 37 children and their adult chaperones from entering Israel on what would have been a rare goodwill visit meant to foster peace in the region.

The New York Times reported that the bus carrying the group was forced to turn back at the Erez border crossing, a major checkpoint at the northern end of the Gaza Strip. Hamas spokesman Eyad Bozum told reporters that that the decision was made "to protect the culture of our children and our people"...

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