"Lifeline 5" aid convoy enters Gaza

08:57, October 22, 2010      

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Pro-Palestinian activists on Thursday started entering the Gaza Strip with an aid convoy of more than 140 vehicles.

Officials from Islamic Hamas movement and its deposed government that controls Gaza were at Rafah crossing point, welcoming the convoy which carries aid worth at five million U.S. dollars.

The nearly 400 campaigners and the crowd that welcomed them chanted slogans greeting George Galloway, the former British lawmaker who sponsors the convoy, "Lifeline 5." Egypt barred Galloway from entering its territories due to violent confrontations that happened when a previous convoy was passing.

The convoy started its journey from London on Sept. 18. A ship picked the aid from Syria and docked in Egypt this morning. The campaigners said the majority of the aid was on the ship and needs at least two days to unload.

Blockade-challenging campaigns have increased after the end of an Israeli three-week military operation in Gaza last year.

On May 31, Israel killed nine Turks when its commandos raided a Gaza-bound flotilla in the Mediterranean.

Source: Xinhua


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