A delegation from the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) has returned to Gaza after a tour across several Arab countries. Lasting for more than a month, the tour and delegation were led by Deputy Speaker Ahmad Bahr. On their return to Gaza, the delegation members were met at the Rafah border crossing by a number of MPs and PLC officers, as well as other political figures. Apart from Dr Bahr, the delegation was made up of MPs Younis Al-Astal, Mohamed Shehab, Abdel Rahman El-Gamal, and Gamila Al-Shanty.
The tour took in a number of Arab and Muslim countries including the Republic of Sudan, Algeria, Libya, Syria, Yemen, and Kuwait; with the aim of putting the Palestine issue back on the agenda for action at official and grassroots levels. The delegation hoped to highlight the escalating suffering of the Palestinian people in Gaza resulting from the Israeli-imposed blockade which has been in place for more than four years. The performance of Arab parliamentarians and their institutions was also on the programme, especially in the context of the challenges facing the Palestinians and the wider Arab nation.
During the tour, the delegation met with a number of Arab leaders and officials as well as political and parliamentary figures. Members of the Palestinian diaspora also had the opportunity to meet the MPs and attend media and other events and conferences to rally support for Palestinian prisoners and promote Arab-African solidarity.
MEMO Photographer: Mohammed Asad