Monday, March 9, 2009

Aid convoy enters Gaza Strip


".....The convoy is led by George Galloway, a British member of parliament.

"Galloway has been heavily criticised and there were a lot of sceptics saying this could simply not be done. Today, George Galloway and 300 volunteers who gave up a month of their lives to help the people of Gaza proved all of them wrong," Baer said.

The passage of the convoy through Egypt had been controversial.

The convoy was pelted with stones and vandalised in the Egyptian town of El-Arish, 45km south of the Rafah border crossing, before being cleared to enter Gaza.

'Overwhelmed with happiness'

As he entered Gaza, Galloway said he was "overwhelmed with happiness".

"I have entered Palestine many times but the most emotional of these is after the 22-day genocidal aggression against the Palestinian people," he said. Galloway said that he planned to meet "the heroes of Palestine's resistance, the government of Palestine, the people of Palestine".

The convoy comprising 110 vehicles has brought aid supplies valued at $1.4m......."

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