dinsdag 4 januari 2011

Niet via zee of via Israel maar via Egypte naar Gaza

Het laatste flottilje heeft Gaza niet bereikt via zee doordat Israelische boten dat verhinderden.

Een boot, de Asia2Gaza, heeft vele landen aangedaan en heeft ten slotte El Arish in Egypte bereikt.

Daar werd de boot lang vastgehouden voordat hij de haven in mocht varen.

Reden: er moest veel geld betaald worden en dat hadden de actievoerders niet.

Na veel gedoe is men dan eindelijk de haven binnen gevaren.

Van daaruit, aangevuld met actievoerders die uit Damascus kwamen aangevlogen (en dus al helemaal niet op de boot zijn geweest), ging men over land naar Rafah, waar de grens met Gaza werd overgestoken.

Hulpgoederen zijn nog op de boot, want die mochten niet meegenomen worden.

Als de hulpgoederen net zo waardeloos zijn als de goederen van de eerdere boten is dat geen ramp.

Tot nu toe bleek er gekozen te zijn voor medicijnen waarvan de datum verlopen was, en allerlei afgedankte goederen die Hamas pertinent weigerde.

Ballonnen waren nog de aardigste geschenken.

 

MS

 

Haaretz 4/1/11

 

  • Latest update 14:20 04.01.11

More than 100 Muslim activists enter Gaza after docking aid ship in Egypt

Most of the activists flew in from Damascus and were not permitted to bring the aid with them into Gaza; seven Iranian activists forbidden entry.

By DPA

 

A ship carrying aid from Muslim countries for the Gaza Strip was allowed to dock in Egypt's el-Arish port on Tuesday, after nearly three days of waiting for permission, organizers of the relief effort said.

"Asia2Gaza paid $10,000 to Egypt and finally was allowed to dock the aid ship in el-Arish," said the group on its Twitter page Tuesday morning

 

Egyptian security source said the holdup was due to the refusal of the group to pay a berthing fee of some $30,000 dollars to port officials.
The aid group had said it could not drum up the sum.

Around 112 activists who were accompany the vessel entered Gaza via Egypt's Rafah border crossing after flying in from Damascus in the early hours on Monday.

But Egypt refused entry to seven Iranians members of parliament and 13 other activists and journalists from different nationalities who were part of the convoy.

The group entered without the aid, which was still on the ship.

The ship is carrying 1,000 tons of food and medical supplies, four ambulances and eight school buses for people living in the Palestinian territory, which is subject to an Israeli blockade and siege.

It was not immediately clear what other items the group would be allowed to take into Gaza, as Israel has guidelines to differentiate between humanitarian necessities and what it deems as non-essential luxuries.

The vessel began its journey in India as part of the Asia2Gaza caravan campaign, passing through Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, Syria and Lebanon.

The aid shipment has travelled over 7,000 kilometers to deliver humanitarian supplies to the Gaza Strip's 1.5 million inhabitants, 80 per cent of whom still depend on humanitarian aid as their conditions continue to stagnate, according to a recent statement by the United Nations relief agency in the Middle East.

Egypt's approval is required to reach the Gaza Strip through Rafah, particularly since Israel tightened its blockade after Hamas took control of Gaza in 2007.

 

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