Minister: Israel aims to destroy tourism sector in Gaza

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GAZA CITY – In a statement issued to mark World Tourism day the Gaza government’s minister of tourism said Israel “seeks to destroy the tourism sector in Palestine, especially in the Gaza Strip.”

Ma’an News Agency reports that Muhammad Ramadan Al-Agha said Israel’s devastating war between December 2008 and January 2009 destroyed Gaza’s tourism sector and that the siege stops tourists from visiting, describing Palestine as “a treasure of tourism … decorated with religious and historic sites.”

Al-Agha said “we will work to develop tourism in spite of all challenges,” as the Palestinian people “are still proving everyday with their insistence to live.”

The Gaza minister called on international societies and groups to “have a humanitarian position” and work on saving tourism in Gaza.