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European human rights groups call for picketing Egyptian embassies in protest to steel wall besieging Gaza


European human rights groups call for picketing Egyptian embassies

[ 29/12/2009 - 09:45 AM ]


European human rights groups have decided to organize demonstrations in front of Egyptian embassies in the European continent to protest Cairo's construction of the steel wall along its borders with Gaza Strip.

The European solidarity movement with the Palestinian people said in a press release late on Monday that the organizations would also protest the Egyptian blockage of humanitarian aid convoys to besieged Gaza.

The statement said that a demonstration would be organized in front of the Egyptian embassy in London on Thursday 31/12/2009 to be followed by similar demonstrations in Greece, Holland, Denmark, Italy, Switzerland and Sweden on Saturday 2/1/2010.

It said that the rallies target pressuring the Egyptian authorities to allow access for relief convoys and solidarity activists into the Strip.

The demonstrators would display their rejection and condemnation of the steel wall, which would negatively affect the life of citizens in Gaza.

The rallies also aim at shedding light on the suffering of the Gaza people due to the tightening siege imposed on them.

In Gaza, hundreds of Palestinian women marched in Rafah city, south of the Strip, on Monday against the Egyptian steel wall.

They hoisted Hamas banners along with signs saying "No to the wall of death" and chanting slogans asking the Egyptian government to stop building the wall and asking the Arab League to interfere.

The Egyptian steel wall would bury the tunnels and make digging new ones impossible for the Gaza people who depend on them for smuggling food and other life necessities in face of the Israeli siege on them.

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