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Sunday, March 8, 2009

Gaza aid convoy attacked in Egypt

The mile-long convoy of 100 plus vehicles and 315 drivers and peace activists will drive through the border in what is supposed to be a low-key event, but the significance of that small journey cannot be over estimated.[more]

Sun, 08 Mar 2009 17:30:47 GMT

Gaza-bound aid convoy 'Viva Palestina' has been attacked in Egypt on its way to break a long imposed Israeli blockade on the Gaza Strip.

Several activists were injured after the attackers - claimed to be members of Palestinian Fatah faction - vandalized some of the cars in the convoy, Press TV reported Sunday.

British lawmaker, George Galloway, who is traveling with the convoy said that Egyptian authorities did not protect the convoy despite their promises."They are blocking us inside, but they don't protect us."

The convoy of peace activists including Press TV presenter Yvonne Ridley and Film maker Hassan Ghani left London on February 14.

Having traveled thousands of kilometers (miles) through Europe and North Africa, the convoy arrived in Egypt on Saturday.

The convoy is scheduled to arrive in the besieged territory Monday morning.

* 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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'Viva Palestina' aid convoy nears Rafah
'Viva Palestina' aid convoy nears Egypt
'Viva Palestina' continues Gaza journey

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