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Libyan Quds 5 Solidarity Convoy Allowed Into Gaza,
Ken O'Keefe, Announces Further Hope Aid Convoys
Quds 5 Solidarity Convoy Allowed Into Gaza
Friday January 21, 2011 10:04 by Saed Bannoura - 1 of International
Middle East Media Center Editorial Group
The Egyptian government finally allowed on Thursday evening the Al-Quds
5 solidarity convoy to enter the Gaza Strip via the Rafah Border
Terminal, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.
includes sixteen solidarity activists delivering urgently needed medical
supplies and a number of ambulances.
The convoy, sent by the
Libyan Permanent Private Committee to Support the Palestinian People,
and the General Union of Banks in Libya. It is headed by Nouri Abdullah
Al-Shahawi, secretary-general of the Union of Gold and Precious Metals.
Several reporters, including the head of Libyan Journalists
Union, Salma Ahmed Al Sha’ab, also accompanied the convoy.
International Committee Against the Siege on Gaza slammed the ongoing
Israeli blockade and the ongoing violations against its residents. It
also slammed Israel’s decision to reduce the amounts of propane, wheat
and essential supplies sent the besieged coastal region.
press release, the Committee called for lifting the illegal siege on
Gaza, and for exposing what it called “the ongoing Israeli crimes and
violations to the International Law”.
Several days ago, a number
Wheat Mills and most propane gas stations had to shut down after running
out of all supplies due to Israel’s rejection to allow imports.
On Wednesday, Ken O'Keefe, senior member of the Gaza-bound Road to Hope
aid convoy, announced further plans to head to Gaza in an attempt to
break the Israeli siege and deliver humanitarian and medical supplies.
O'Keefe, is a former U.S. Marine and one of the activists who
were on-board the Mavi Marmara solidarity ship that was attacked by the
Israeli Navy on May of last year. He joined the Road of Hope Convoy in
October of 2010.
Speaking to Gaza Community College of Tourism
Studies, O'Keefe stated that a number of large ships are being prepared
to sail to Gaza to deliver urgent and humanitarian supplies.
said that the illegal Israeli siege on Gaza has direct impact on the
physical and psychological conditions of the students, adding that
students are a large and significant segment of the Palestinian society.
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