Egypt blocks Turkish MPs in Viva Palestina convoy from entry

Egyptian government blocked 16 Turkish lawmakers from ruling AK party to entry country among "Freedom convoy for Gaza".

Egypt blocks Turkish MPs in Viva Palestina convoy from entry

World Bulletin / News Desk

Egyptian government blocked on Saturday 16 Turkish lawmakers from ruling AK party to entry country among "Freedom convoy for Gaza", a member of Turkey's IHH organisation told World Bulletin.

Turkish Prime Minister and head of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) Recep Tayyip Erdogan had said that he supported the convoy and urged Egypt to allow them to enter.

Analysts said that the move of Egypt may rise tenions between Turkey and Egypt.

Husnu Tuna, MP from Konya said that "We wanted to enter Egypt within the convoy. But Egypt blocked this according to information that I took from our Foreign Ministry. Our Foreign Ministry is enable."

"This is a convoy for peace and humanity. I can't make of the attitute of Egypt."

Around 250 trucks laden with European, Turkish and Arab aid -- both food and medical supplies-- arrived in Jordan from Syria this week and were headed to the Red Sea port of Aqaba for the ferry journey across to the Egyptian Sinai port of Nuweiba.

The convoy teams from the USA and UK said they will burn their cars if the Egyptian government did not allow them entering the country.

British MP George Galloway, who is leading the convoy, issued a statement urging Egypt to facilitate the convoy's passage.

The convoy from various parts of the world, carrying at least 450 figures, - left London on December 3 and are expected to enter Gaza by December 27, the first anniversary of the attack, which left nearly 1500 Palestinians dead and injured 5,000.

Viva Palestina, formed in January, sent convoys to Gaza earlier this year -- the UK convoy in February and the US convoy in July.

1.5 million Gazans live under heavy Israel siege for a long time and Egypt still insists on not to opening the only Gaza border crossing in a move condemned by Muslims around the world in protests, leaving Gazans desperate to digging tunnels underground and risking their lives since 2007.
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