Ofir Gendelman, Benjamin Netanyahu’s Arab-language spokesman, confirms that Hamas is preventing at least 22 foreign nationals from exiting Gaza into Israel.

More from Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs:

Hamas is not allowing at least 22 foreign nationals who wish to exit the Gaza Strip for Israel to do so. Among the members of the foreign press being detained are nine Italian citizens, six citizens of Japan, one Canadian, one South Korean and a French national. In addition, two Turkish Red Crescent members have been refused exit.

This violation of the human rights of neutral foreigners is yet another example of Hamas’ attempts to manipulate and pressure the press.

For its part, Israel is keeping the Erez crossing into Gaza open, allowing passage to the foreign press, diplomats and humanitarian workers.

Twitchy will update when more information becomes available.

  • Dusquene Whistler

    Gaza must have its human shields.

  • vcferlita

    Yep, gotta have more human shields. Cowards.

  • SwTk

    Can you say…. Hostages?

    Thou shall Extort non-Muslims to keep Islam strong. Koran 9:29

  • riddler1620

    And yet someone somewhere will blame Israel for actions of Hamas.

  • Bad things coming

    And from the Obama administration, nothing but cricket chirps…….

  • Crystal

    When the crap is Obama going to step in and “stand with Israel”?

  • scalzo

    But somehow the media will try and twist this so Israel is to blame right?

  • nc

    Journalists and Red Cresent members are detained and the “international community” is silent?

    Please do not interpret the question mark as surprise.

  • $30736095

    I hope none of them are women nationals…

  • $30736095

    I hope none of them are women nationals…

  • edge_of_the_sandbox

    Why should Israel let them in?