UPDATE | Egypt aid convoy resumes journey to Gaza

Thursday 24-07-2014 02:47 PM
UPDATE | Egypt aid convoy resumes journey to Gaza

CAIRO, July 24 (Aswat Masriya) The Egyptian military intelligence services allowed on Thursday an aid convoy to support Gaza to pass through one of the checkpoints en route to the Palestinian strip, after it was halted briefly at Ismailia.

The convoy, which is carrying medical supplies, has crossed Al Qantara port in Ismailia, the popular campaign to support Gaza told Aswat Masriya.

It is expected to reach the Rafah crossing, where the supplies will be handed over to the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS). The PRCS will distribute the aid to hospitals in Gaza, one of the activists in the convoy said.

Egypt's army prevented an aid convoy of medical supplies from crossing the border to the Palestinian Gaza Strip earlier today.

The campaign added that the officer in charge told them he had orders to return the convoy as it did not attain the approval of the military intelligence. 

On their side, the aid convoy activists said that permit from the military intelligence was not required. 

The army forces has blocked another convoy of 11 buses and 500 activists to Palestine last week on the premises that "the army cannot secure it."

The campaign to support Gaza, established since the Palestinian Intifada in 2001, denounced the army's 'arbitrary actions'. One of the activists said that the army has threatened them with weapons to make them go back. 

At least 700 Palestinians have died since Israel started its raid on the Gaza strip two weeks ago. Thousands were wounded in the unrest.

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