Egyptian authorities called in over 2,000 riot police to block Viva Palestina convoy in port of Al-Arish
January 6 2010
Around 55 people have been injured in clashes between Egyptian riot police and Viva Palestina activists at the Egyptian port of El-Arish.
The scuffles broke out after Egypt said it would not allow 59 humanitarian assistance trucks of the Viva Palestina convoy to enter Gaza.
Talks in which a delegation of Turkish lawmakers sought to convince Egyptian officials to change their minds proved fruitless.
The convoy arrived in El-Arish to attempt to break the siege of Gaza.
Earlier, Cairo had said it would only allow 157 members of the Viva Palestina convoy, which is led by British politician George Galloway, to drive to Gaza. However, later the Egyptian government agreed to allow 400 of the group’s volunteers entry to the Gaza Strip.
The convoy has over 200 vehicles laden with basic food items and medical supplies.
Why is it such a problem to get Aid to those in Gaza?
Egypt should be ashamed of itself.
These people came in peace, to help those in Gaza who have little or nothing to meet their needs.
I guess Israel rules Egypt.
Let them know how Displeased you are. Help the Convoy get all the supplies into Gaza. Voice your opinion. It only takes a few moments of your time to write. Israel has been in control far too long.
Jan 6 2010
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London pro-Palestinian activists, including Jewish community members, staged a demonstration outside the Egyptian Embassy in central London to urge Hosni Mubarak to open the Rafah crossing into the Gaza strip.
Hundreds of Israelis have rallied in central Tel Aviv to protest against the Israeli blockade on the Gaza Strip. Israeli Arab and Jewish activists marched on Saturday in the city’s Rabin square, chanting slogans and waving signs calling for “Freedom and Justice in Gaza”.
157 Viva Palestina convoy members passports were taken away at Al-Arish airport by the Egyptian authorities.