“Asia to Gaza” convoy activists say Egypt is not cooperating and has yet to issue permits. Egyptian officials say the paper work is incomplete.
The Asia to Gaza aid convoy is wating for Egyptian officials to permit their entry into the country.
Activists who joined the convoy said today on their online twitter account that Egypt is so far refusing to collaborate with the group.
The organizers wrote online that Egypt has so far not issued them visas to the convoy, which reached Lebanon yesterday.
An Egyptian official says that the papers submitted by Asia to Gaza were incomplete. However, no final decision has been announced and there is still room for paper completion, added the official under condition of anonimity.
The Asian aid convoy comprising politicians and activists from 18 countries, including Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan, New Zealand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates is on its way to Gaza in an attempt to break Israel’s four year siege on the Strip.
The convoy started off in New Delhi, passed through Iran, Turkey, and Syria and arrived in Lebanon on Friday.
It is planning to reach Gaza by end of December, in time for the second anniversary of Israel’s 22-day war on the Strip that started on 28 December 2008.
Approximately 1,400 Palestinians were killed and 5,000 injured or maimed in the three-week attack. Half of Gaza’s infrastructure was destroyed and remains unrepaired as a result of Israel’s siege, which bans the entry of building materials.
Source: Ahram Online.
Tehran Times: Gaza “aid convoy” gets ready in Syrian port.
The Tehran Times reports 26.12.10 that the Solidarity Caravan of Asia 1 has left the Syrian capital of Damascus for the port city of Latakia in the northwest of the country.
An “Gaza aid flotilla” sponsored by Teheran, Hamas officials in Damascus, and even Islamic Jihad, could have lead to a direct military conflict in the Middle East.
This attack on the sovereign state of Israel became to Islamic even for Lebanon and Egypt.
After “peace activists” lead by a former british MP lead to riots and violence on the Gaza-Egyptian border, Cairo has put her foot down. Islamic Jihad presented as “aid suppliers” will not get visas to enter Gaza from Egypt.
On its way to a port in Northwest Syria, this “aid flotilla” from India becomes harmless, and this media stunt will most likely fissile out.
The threat of more “aid flotillas” looms. Watchmen: Be on the alert.