Egypt allows Asia To Gaza trucks carrying medecines for besieged Palestinians
January 6, 2011 Leave a comment
According to a Press TV correspondent in the region, 10 more trucks are expected to be allowed entry in the area by Sunday.
The medicine convoy is part of an Asian aid convoy dubbed “Asia to Gaza Solidarity Caravan or Asia 1” which carries a one-million-dollar worth of relief items, including medicine, food and toys for the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.
The aid convoy, which has been organized by Asian activists who come from 18 different nationalities, was unloaded from a ship docked at the Egyptian port of el-Arish.
Cairo had initially refused to allow the full delivery of the convoy through the Rafah border crossing into the Gaza Strip, asking for money to let the cargo enter Gaza.
The convoy has traveled through Pakistan, Iran, Turkey and Lebanon. It was forced to remain in Syria for a week, awaiting Cairo’s authorization to dock at its northeastern port of el-Arish.
The activists, who managed to cross into the Gaza Strip on January 3, say they will stay in the Palestinian territory until they make sure that the aid convoy enters Gaza and the relief supplies are delivered to the Palestinians.
The activists say they seek to demonstrate their solidarity with the Palestinian people in their resistance against the Israeli regime.
Gaza has been under a full land, aerial and naval Israeli blockade since 2007, when Hamas, the democratically elected administrator of Gaza, took control of the enclave.