A group of Irish officials, headed by the Irish Foreign Minister, Michael Martin, arrived in the Gaza Strip on Thursday morning via the Rafah Border Terminal.Authorities in Gaza confirmed that 10 individuals, led by Michael Martin, entered the Gaza Strip.

The Irish Foreign Minister said his first visit to Gaza is for observing the situation on the ground.

The officials will be visiting hospitals, schools, and heavily damaged areas.

Last Sunday, Martin accused Israel of preventing him from entering the Gaza Strip via the Erez Terminal, between Gaza and Israel.

He added that Israeli Authorities never presented a convincing reason for preventing entrance to Gaza.

Martin has made demands for Israel to cease construction of Jewish settlements in Jerusalem and the West Bank in addition to ending the illegal policies of home demolition and forced expulsion of residents.