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Latest and largest aid convoy departing Sunday for Gaza

A Gaza humanitarian convoy that includes passengers who survived a previous fatal flotilla incident will set sail Sunday in an attempt to deliver aid for Palestinians, organizers said.

The Viva Palestina convoy, hailed by organizers as the largest convoy to break the Gaza embargo, has already traveled 3,000 miles (4,828 kilometers) by road from England. Among those on board the Viva Palestina convoy are 40 of the passengers on the Mavi Marmara.

The Viva Palestina convoy has been joined by convoys from Morocco, Algeria, Jordan and Persian Gulf nations. Two of the ships are slated to pass through the point at which Israeli troops boarded the Mavi Marmara in May, when Israeli troops used force on the activists, leaving eight Turks and one U.S.-Turkish dual citizen dead.

The main ship in the Viva Palestina convoy, carrying 380 activists from 42 countries, 147 vehicles and $5 million in medical aid, has been docked at a Syrian port for the last 12 days. It was given the green light to sail to Egypt after lengthy mediation with Egyptian and Syrian authorities. The aid will be transferred into the Palestinian territory by land through the Rafah crossing.

“We are anxious to get to Gaza as soon as possible to deliver the goods and to show the people of Gaza that we have not abandoned them,” said aid convoy leader Kevin Ovenden.



One Response to “Latest and largest aid convoy departing Sunday for Gaza”

  1. Over 300 activists from the aid flotilla crossed the Egyptian Border into Gaza by land with tons of medical equipment and food supplies for the residents of the coastal enclave.

    According to the organizers of the flotilla, which departed from the Syrian port of Latkia, activists transported products worth in excess of $5 million.

    30 activists made the journey with the aid supplies by ship.

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