Posts Tagged ‘ Convoy to Gaza ’

‘Miles of Smiles 6’ aid convoy in Gaza

Fri Oct 7, 2011

The humanitarian aid convoy called the “Miles of Smiles 6” entered Gaza on late Wednesday with about 100 tons of urgently needed medicines, a Press TV correspondent reported from Gaza.

The activists accompanying the convoy are mostly from European, African and Asian countries.

The “Miles of Smiles 6” aims at providing medical supplies that are not available because of the ongoing Israeli siege on the Gaza Strip. The convoy wants to raise awareness about the life in Gaza.

A convoy member from South Africa, Ibrahim Ismael told Press TV “Obviously we are well aware of the siege and we want to make our presence felt in regard to the unethical nature of the siege as well as assist the people of Gaza in the times of need.”

A Kuwaiti member of the “Miles of Smiles 6” said, we have come to support Palestinian people in Gaza as much as we can.

Earlier on Wednesday, separate delegations from Germany and Tunisia representing civil organizations concluded their visits to Gaza by holding press conferences in Gaza City.

German activist of Pax Christy Society, Wiltrud Rosch Metzler told reporters that “It’s important for us to continue our work against the siege.”

She added, “We also supported the Free Gaza Movement last year. It is important to work against the siege of Gaza and for the end of (Israeli) occupation. ”

Tunisian Dignity Convoy activist, Sabrin Al-Areebi, stated that we are here to show solidarity with our Palestinian brothers and sisters as people in Gaza also want a decent and dignified life.

Source: PressTV.

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/203197.html.

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Aid convoy arrives in Gaza

29/6/2014 Sunday

GAZA STRIP (Ma’an) — The “Miles of Smiles 28” aid convoy arrived in Gaza Strip on Sunday through Rafah crossing, a Palestinian official said.

Alaa al-Din al-Batta, deputy director of the governmental convoy-welcoming committee, told Ma’an that the convoy included 18 people from European and Arab countries.

The convoy will stay in Gaza for 24 hours, and will check on humanitarian projects in the area, al-Batta said.

Source: Ma’an News Agency.

Link: http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=708709.

Tunisian aid convoy to enter Gaza soon

11/09/2011

TUNISIA, (PIC)– The Tunisian aid convoy Karama (dignity) left Carthage airport for Cairo on Saturday afternoon to deliver symbolic humanitarian assistance to the besieged Gaza Strip.

The Tunisian official media said the convoy would enter Gaza through Rafah border crossing carrying medical supplies unavailable in the Strip.

Massive crowds waving Palestinian and Tunisian flags bid farewell to five Tunisian young people and two jurists, members of this aid convoy, on Saturday.

The crowds chanted slogans against the Israeli occupation and its crimes against the Palestinian people especially the blockade on Gaza.

Source: Occupied Palestine WordPress News Blog.
Link: http://occupiedpalestine.wordpress.com/2011/09/11/tunisian-aid-convoy-to-enter-gaza-soon/.

‘Gaza convoy foils Israeli blockade’

Mon Aug 29, 2011

Interview with Sheikh Walid El Saadi, leader of the Africa to Gaza Aid Convoy, from Gaza.

The Africa to Gaza Aid Convoy has bypassed the Israeli blockade and reached the Gaza Strip where they are giving aid and supplies to the oppressed Palestinians.

In an exclusive interview with Press TV, Sheikh Walid El Saadi, leader of the Africa to Gaza Aid Convoy, tells us about his 60-day journey across rough African terrain to reach the impoverished Palestinians in Gaza.

Press TV: You arrived in yet another difficult time for Gaza, but can you tell me the feeling for your African convoy about being there now?

El Saadi: Indeed. Successfully yesterday, thanks God, we arrived in Gaza last night after a long journey. Sixty days driving from the city of Durban in South Africa right through Africa to Al Arish, to Egypt where we had a little bit of difficulty to cross last night because it was late and Gaza wasn’t safe – they said it was being bombed. But we insisted that we will come inside Gaza, yesterday, even if the Israelis are bombing.

It was ten o’clock in the evening that we were in Gaza, thanks God, and the Gaza people received us in such a way that you cannot believe it. Our hearts were crying. Happiness by entering Gaza, successfully, completing our mission which started on June 26 and ended on August 26, today. Sixty days on the road.

It’s a good feeling for my team, the 20 of us, and the team who joined us from Sudan, also, the 16 of them. So, we were 36 members in the convoy, all of us shouting “God is Great”, “Praise to God”, “Glorious is God,” honor us to enter Gaza after 60 days of driving through Africa, the most challenging roads, and to deliver the aid which we were carrying.

But the most important part of our trip was to conscientize Africa about what’s happening in Gaza, what’s happening in Palestine, the Holy Land.

Press TV: What is your aim now that you’re there for the 36 of you? Are you staying with families there? Do you have some specific activities you hope to do in Gaza?

El Saadi: Sure. Today, because it’s a Friday, we have met most of the organization leaders and we have Friday Jummah Salat [prayers]. And this evening is a big night, as you know, which is the 27th day of Ramadan.

From today until the last day of Ramadan, everyday in Ramadan, we’ll have three tables of Iftar, each table with 300 people. We’re going to split up, the 36 of us, to three groups with every group in a different table of Iftar.

Then we will have aid baskets distributed, about 2,500 of them. Then we will distribute the aid which we’ve been carrying with us which is medicine, wheelchairs, medical mattresses, milk powder for children, sweets for children, stationary, seven of our ambulances, and three trucks to give to the municipality of Gaza, God willing.

We hope to have the Eid celebration with the people of Gaza, it would be a pleasure to have it, God willing, but it depends on how the program will go.

Press TV: We wish you safety and congratulate you on a successful mission. I know that you’ll be looked after well by the people of Gaza. Thank you very much.

Source: PressTV.
Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/196296.html.

Israel, Turkey lock horns over flotilla

Sat Jul 9, 2011

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak has once again rejected Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s conditions for the normalization of diplomatic relations.

“Israel did not commit any crime,” he said in an interview with Israel’s Channel 1 television on Friday night, the Israeli daily Haaretz reported.

He made the remarks after Erdogan said earlier on Friday that Israel must apologize for the killing of nine Turkish pro-Palestinian activists last year.

On May 31, 2010, Israeli commandos attacked the first Freedom Flotilla in international waters in the Mediterranean Sea, killing nine Turkish citizens on board the Turkish-flagged M.V. Mavi Marmara and injuring about 50 other people who were part of the team on the six-ship convoy.

Israeli troops also forced the ships to dock at an Israeli port and detained all those on board.

During a speech to the Turkish parliament, Erdogan also said Tel Aviv should lift its four-year blockade of Gaza and pay compensation to the victims of the flotilla attack.

However, the Israeli defense minister said he expected the UN inquiry to vindicate Israel’s actions.

“The Palmer commission will say that Israel acted according to international law. The blockade is legal, stopping the ships is legal, the use of force in these circumstances is justified,” Barak said.

On Thursday, an Israeli official said that a UN report on Israel’s flotilla attack would be published on July 27.

Source: PressTV.
Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/188219.html.

Africa first aid convoy heads for Gaza

Sun Jun 26, 2011

Amid much anticipation and after almost a year of planning and coordination, Africa’s first overland aid convoy to Gaza is ready to embark on this historic journey.

The convoy comprises a dozen vehicles carrying much needed aid, including medical supplies, basic essentials, milk powder, generators and materials to build 10 houses. All of the vehicles will also be donated to the Gaza municipality. Organizers believe, emanating from the southern tip of Africa, the convoy bears particular significance.

The Africa to Gaza road convoy will cover over 10-thousand kilometers, passing through 8 African countries and stopping in communities along the way to distribute aid as well. But their biggest obstacle yet does not appear to be the second-grade African road network; Egyptian authorities have already said they will not allow the convoy onto Egyptian thoroughfares. But the organizers say they will not back down.

The organizers of the convoy say the aim is not only to take aid to Gaza, but also to raise awareness across Africa about the plight of those in the Gaza Strip. The convoy is expected to reach Gaza by the end of July.

Source: PressTV.
Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/186376.html.

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