Libyan aid shipment to be carried to Gaza on Sunday

14:01, July 18, 2010      

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The Libyan aid shipment which arrived at the Egyptian port of El-Arish Wednesday on board a Moldova-flagged vessel will be carried to Gaza on Sunday.

Medical aid and child milk will be taken to the besieged enclave through Rafah Crossing at Egypt-Gaza borders, while the food aid will be transported via Oujah Crossing at Egyptian- Israeli borders, official source told Xinhua Saturday on the condition of anonymity.

Huge quantities of food aid are currently stored in the warehouse of El-Arish Stadium in preparation for being transported into Gaza, the source added.

The Gaza-bound Libyan aid ship docked in Egypt's El-Arish port around midday Thursday after it was prevented by Israel from sailing directly to the Gaza Strip.

The aid ship, funded by the Gaddafi International Charity and Development Foundation -- an organization chaired by Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's son, had left Tripoli last week to Greece and left Greece towards Gaza last Saturday.

Israel imposed a tight blockade on Gaza three years ago after the Hamas movement violently took over the territory, where some 1. 5 million Palestinians live.

On June 1, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak ordered to open indefinitely the Rafah crossing to allow people and aid in and out of Gaza, to ease the humanitarian crisis of the enclave. Thousands of Palestinians and large mounts of aid goods have crossed the terminal since then.

Source: Xinhua

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