Saturday, 26 December 2009
Viva Palestina convoy prevented from entering Gaza
The Viva Palestina aid convoy - 400 people in 150 vehicles - has had its passage into Gaza blocked by the Egyptian government. Campaigners are wanting to take medical and humanitarian aid into Gaza by tomorrow, 27 December, as it is the anniversary of Israel launching its military assualt on the people of Gaza.
Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) has informed supporters: 'Hundreds of tonnes of aid, including specialised medical equipment and powdered milk for babies, is now stockpiled in the Jordanian port town of Aqaba waiting for permission to enter Egypt via the Straits of Aqaba.'
The convoy left London on 6 December and has passed through Europe, then Turkey, Syria and Jordan. The hope is for the convoy to pass through the Rafah crossing (on the border between Egypt and Gaza) tomorrow, enabling it to break the illegal blockade of the Gaza Strip that has lasted three and a half years.
PSC and other organisations are asking everyone to help put the pressure on the Egyptian authorities. Here are the contact details
Phone the Egyptian Consulate on 07531 419 393 requesting to allow aid through to Gaza via the Rafah crossing.
Egyptian Embassy in London Tel: 020 7499 3304/2401 firstname.lastname@example.org
David Miliband (Foreign Secretary)email@example.com (0191) 456 8910
British Embassy in Egypt Tel: (20)(2)27916000 firstname.lastname@example.org
Also, there's an 'End the Siege of Gaza' vigil outside the Israeli Embassy in London, tomorrow at 3pm.