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Sunday, February 22, 2009

Gaza convoy crosses Morocco into Algeria

Sat, 21 Feb 2009 17:03:35 GMT

The convoy of 100 vehicles of humanitarian aid is heading for the Gaza Strip.
Algeria and Morocco have opened their border for the first time in 15 years allowing a Gaza-bound humanitarian convoy to pass through.

The border crossing was opened for the first time since 1994, letting a convoy of 100 vehicles with 315 drivers to pass the border on its way to the besieged Gaza Strip.

The Algerian-Moroccan border was closed in 1994 after an attack on a hotel in Marrakech. Rabat accused Algerian secret services of masterminding the attack.

The convoy which has been organized by a UK-based umbrella body called 'Viva Palestine', left London last week, traveling through France, Spain and North Africa, to cross from Egypt into Gaza through the Rafah border-crossing in early March.

Yvonne Ridley, a Press TV presenter and political analyst, with film-maker Hassan al Banna Ghani are traveling with the convoy and making a documentary recording the journey.

The Gaza Strip has been under a tight Israeli blockade which has not been lifted in 19 months, even during Tel Aviv's three-week-long all-out war against the territory.

* To read Yvonne's intriguing account of her experiences en route to Gaza check out the Features and Reflections section of Gaza Under "Siegefire".

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