Monday, 28 December 2009
You can't be Syriaous!
A decision has been reached. Convoy spokesperson, George Galloway has just announced that we'll be leaving tomorrow for Syria. After a 500mile backtrack it will be a 19 hour ferry ride to Egypt. Entry to Gaza is still unsure.
Organisers of Viva Palestina aid convoy, which is trying to reach the Gaza Strip,have now agreed to go via Syria en route for Egypt.
The agreement came after a Turkish mediator reached a deal with the Egyptian consul in Jordan's Red Sea port of Aqaba.The convoy will now head to the Syrian port of Latakia to sail from there to the Egyptian port of El Arish, and then to Gaza.Viva-Palestina which have been stranded in Aqaba for five days is led by George Galloway, a British MP.
Turkey dispatched an official on Saturday to try convince the Egyptians to allow the convoy to go through the Red Sea port of Nuweiba, the most direct route to Gaza after Egypt insisted that the convoy can only enter through El-Arish, on its Mediterranean coast.
Viva Palestina and another convoy, The Gaza Freedom March, were planning to arrive on Sunday to commemorate the first anniversary of Israel's war on Gaza that killed 1,400 Palestinians and 13 Israelis.
Meanwhile, at least 300 French participants of the Gaza Freedom March spent the night camped out in front of their embassy in Cairo, bringing a major road in the Egyptian capital to a halt as riot police wielding plexiglass shields surrounded them.
One of the Swansea Aunties, Ingrid is keeping a Facebook blog so tune into her photos and diary here.