Finnish MP detained after attempting to breach Gaza border fence

A Finnish parliament member was arrested by police on Monday after she and other Finnish activists attempted to breach the border fence with the Gaza Strip.

Israeli sources tell the Haaretz newspaper Anna Kontula attempted to sabotage the fence. “We expect guests in Israel, and particularly public representatives, to honor Israeli law,” the Foreign Ministry says.

The Helsinki Times reports that Kontula was held for some 10 hours before being released.

Illustrative: A picture taken from Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip shows Israeli soldiers inspecting the area around their observation post next to the border fence with the coastal enclave on August 1, 2019, following a firefight with a Palestinian gunman. (Said Khatib/AFP)

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