The Israeli authorities prevented, Wednesday, five European Union parliamentarians from entering the besieged and impoverished Gaza Strip.

Israeli Walla News Agency quoted one of the parliamentarians, from Belgium, denouncing the order and stating, “this is inappropriate; I do not know what is it that Israel is trying to hide from us.”

Only one member of the European delegation, in charge of finances, was allowed to enter Gaza for a very brief time.

Commenting on the issue, an Israeli official stated that EU Parliamentarians “are not among the list of people who can enter Gaza.”

The officials first traveled to Israel, and headed to Gaza in an attempt to enter it through the Erez border terminal.