canada africa partner reservation British-Palestinian surgeon Ghassan Abu Sitta says French authorities have refused him entry

British-Palestinian surgeon Ghassan Abu Sitta says French authorities have refused him entry

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A British-Palestinian plastic surgeon who operated on injured civilians in Gaza says he has been banned from entering France.

Dr. Ghassan Abu Sitta said he would speak at the French Senate on Saturday.

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Germany – where he was due to speak at a pro-Palestinian conference – denied him entry last month.

Airport police there told him he was being excluded because of the “safety of the people at the conference and public order,” he said.

France and Germany are part of the European Schengen zone without borders.

After being detained in Paris, Dr. Abu Sitta said on X that denying him entry was an “act of total vindictiveness (by) the French authorities.”

The French Foreign Ministry, Interior Ministry, local police and Paris airport authorities did not comment on what happened or provide an explanation.

He will now be deported, said French senator Raymonde Poncet Monge, who invited him to speak.

“It’s a shame,” she posted on X.

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According to the Senate press service, Dr. Abu Sitta was invited by the left-wing French Ecologists party to speak about the situation in Gaza.

Other doctors, journalists and international legal experts were also invited.

Dr. Abu Sitta recently volunteered with Doctors Without Borders in Gaza. He has worked during several conflicts in the Palestinian territories, starting in the late 1980s.

Other conflict zones in which he has operated include Iraq, Syria and Yemen.

Since the Hamas attacks on Israel on October 7, there have been tensions in France over the conflict in the Middle East almost every day.

On French campuses, police have cleared students who held demonstrations similar to those in the United States.

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