Sunday, 27 December 2009
Swansea women on Hunger strike
December 27th 2009
Swansea women start Hunger strike for Gaza
Today Swansea women and others began a hunger strike in solidarity with the hungry people of Gaza. We will be joined by more volunteers every day until we are allowed to take our aid into Gaza via Rafah in Egypt., began a hunger strike in protest of Egypt's blockade of a humanitarian aid convoy, which left Swansea earlier this month.
Today is the anniversary of the Israeli bombing of Gaza.The women and other Viva Palestina hunger strikers will consume only liquids until the convoy is allowed entry into Egypt.Before beginning the hunger strike, the convoy marked anniversary of the bombing of Gaza at 1120am with 3minutes of silence. The names of medics and the 1400 people killed were read out.
One of the Hunger strikers from Swansea, D Murphy said
'You have to ask yourself why Egypt would stop a Humaniatian Convoy from taking Baby Monitors, Dialysis Machines and other Medical Aid to a people under siege. We have been calm up to now, but the anger is stirring in our hearts. Egypt is saying we are NOT humanitarian because the organisation is called VIVA PALESTINA, any excuse to appease US and Israeli Government.'
More than 400 people from 17 countries are traveling on the 150 vehicle convoy, which is taking medical, humanitarian and educational aid to Gaza.The convoy and its cargo of aid is now stopped in the Jordanian port town of Aqaba, having been denied entry into Egypt.
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