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News, January 2011
Asia Aid Convoy Arrives in Gaza, 120 Activists Entered Through Rafah Out of 180
Asia aid convoy arrives in Gaza
[ 03/01/2011 - 10:17 AM ]
Members of Asia aid convoy arrived late on Sunday evening in the besieged Gaza Strip after the Egyptian authorities allowed them to cross through the Rafah border terminal.
The government committee for breaking the siege and receiving delegations said 120 out of 180 activists participating in the convoy were allowed in and would stay in Gaza until next Thursday.
The convoy consists of eight trucks and four ambulances loaded with 1, 000 ton of medical supplies, clothing, baby milk, and appliances for people with special needs.
It is considered the first Asian convoy that breaks Gaza siege and its members are academics, journalists, lawyers, university students and representatives of civil organizations from different religions.
The government committee also said it received a telephone call from the secretary-general of the standing committee for the support of the Palestinian people in Libya who told it that the Libyan aid convoy Al-Quds 5 would arrive at the Egyptian port of Arish next Tuesday.
The committee stated that the Libyan leadership headed by president Muammar Al-Gaddafi and his people would keep standing by the Palestinian people until Israel ends its blockade on Gaza and its occupation of Palestine.
Asia 1 Makes It Into Gaza
The Asia 1 solidarity convoy managed to enter the Gaza Strip late on
Sunday at night to deliver humanitarian and medical supplies to the
residents of the besieged coastal region.
Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram reported that Palestinian lawmaker,
Khaled Abdel Mejid, was informed by the Egyptian embassy in Damascus
about the decision to allow 120 activists to go through, with another 46
from Iran and Jordan denied entry.
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