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Iceland’s Foreign Minister visits bombing victims in Israel

Foreign Minister Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir visited the town Sderot in Israel yesterday where ten people have been killed and hundreds injured over the last few years due to missile attacks by Palestinian guerillas from the Gaza region.

Gísladóttir met Marcel and Felix Matmon, whose home was hit by a missile on Monday. They managed to take their children to a bomb shelter in the basement, but the roof of their house was blown off in the attack, Bladid reports.

“It is terrible to witness this and realize how common it is for bombs to fall in this region; to witness the constant threat which is facing the people who live here,” Gísladóttir said.

The foreign minister said that her visit to the Middle East has changed her view of the situation there, but added that she had still not seen the other side of the Israel-Palestine conflict.

“I still haven’t gone to Palestine and met the Palestinian representatives and seen what the situation is like in the West Bank. I still haven’t seen the whole picture, just a part of it,” Gísladóttir said.

The former mayor of Sderot, Shalom Halevi, said that since missile attacks from the Gaza region first began in 2001, 2,800 Kassam missiles have hit the town. “When the alarm begins to sound the inhabitants have 15 to 17 minutes to find a safe shelter.”

The Icelandic Foreign Minister will meet with the Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad and President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah today.

Click here to read about Gísladóttir’s meeting with Israel’s President Shimon Peres.

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