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Viva Palestina ‘Global Lifeline’ convoy set to sail to Gaza

14 October 2010
Viva Palestina truck waits in Syria, October 2010

Viva Palestina truck waits in Syria, October 2010

Via Viva Palestina

After a tense ten day stand off in Syria, the Viva Palestina aid convoy to Gaza has now been cleared to sail.

The convoy started out from London on Saturday 18 September and drove down through France, Italy, Greece and Turkey before arriving in the port of Latakia, Syria, on Saturday 2 October. In Latakia, the convoy has been joined by two other convoys. One came from Morocco and Algeria, the other originated in Doha and came through the Gulf states and Jordan.

There are now 147 vehicles about to board two ships together with 380 people from some 30 countries stretching from New Zealand and Australia to Canada and the United States carrying aid worth some $5m. This includes 40 people who were on the Mavi Marmara flotilla which was attacked by Israeli commandos murdering ten human rights activists from Turkey.

Over the last ten days in Syria, the convoy has taken on medical supplies urgently needed in the besieged Gaza Strip. Simultaneously negotiations have been conducted with the Egyptian authorities to allow passage into the port of El -Arish and then on to the Rafah Crossing. The support of the Syrian authorities and others has been vital in the successful negotiations.

Last night, word finally came through that the Egyptian authorities would allow the ships to dock, unload and passage through to the Rafah Crossing and Gaza would be guaranteed.

The ships will now sail past the place where the Mavi Marmara was attacked and flowers will be laid in memory of the victims. When the convoy reaches Gaza the soil from the graves of some of those who were murdered will be used to plant trees as a memorial to the Mavi Marmara victims.

The convoy hopes to reach Gaza this Saturday or Sunday.

Read more updates on the PSC to Gaza blog.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Mike Corbeil permalink
    14 October 2010 7:42pm

    Sailing past where the Mavi Mamarra was attacked, is this a good, safe idea? I’d be worried about doing this if the convoy is to really make it to the Rafah border with Palestine or Gaza, for since Israel already attacked the flotilla the Mavi Mamarra was part of, what’s to stop Israel from attacking there again? Israel could say that these ships carrying Viva Palestina aid convoy to Gaza was sailing directly to Gaza, instead of passing through Egypt, first; or Israel might use some other excuse. We know that Israel definitely cannot be trusted to respect laws and human rights.

  2. Mohamed Hassan permalink
    14 October 2010 11:26pm

    viva Palestine XD

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