World Bulletin / News Desk
Viva Palestina Convoy, starting its journey from London to support Palestanian people and break Israeli siege of Gaza Strip, has arrived on Sunday in Syria passing through Turkish border of Kilis on the southeast region of Turkey.
The car convoy, sent off by a large of crowds, were welcomed with great interest on the Syrian border. Senior Hamas officials, including Usama Hamdan, the representative in Lebanon, also participated in the welcoming ceremony in the country.
It has been one year since Israel's attacks over Gaza. Israel launched on Dec. 27 a massive offensive in Gaza, killing nearly 1500 Palestinians, a third of them children, and wounded more than 5000. 1.5 million Gazans live under heavy Israel siege for a long time.
Viva Palestina, formed in January, sent convoys to Gaza earlier this year -- the UK convoy in February and the US convoy in July.
Syrians flocked to greet the aid convoy, waving Palestinian flags.
Hamas official said the convoy lanuched a crucial initiative to end the Israeli siege into Gaza Strip.
"If anything good happens in Palestine, Turkey would have a great contribution in that. We follows closely love of Turkish people. This gives power and morale. I hope the siege will be lifted," he added.
IHH Chairman Bulent Yildirim, who organizes the convoy passing in Turkey, said at gathering, "Syrian brothers welcomed us with great interest. We hope that we will break the siege with prayers and this interest."
Living up to its motto, "A Lifeline From Britain to Gaza", the international convoy aims not only to break the illegal siege imposed by Israel and send necessities into Gaza, but also wants to highlight the causes and results of wars in view of peace.
Turkish convoy that consist of 80 cars, joined the British 80 vehicle-convoy and 47 vehicles from the United of States are expected to participate in the convoy.
The Rafah crossing with Egypt, Gaza's sole border crossing that bypasses Israel, rarely opens as Egypt is under immense US and Israeli pressure to keep the crossing shut.
Egypt draws angers, insisting on not to opening the only Gaza border crossing, leaving Gazans desperate to digging tunnels underground and risking their lives since 2007.
The concoy is heading to Syrian capital of Damascus and the next country that they will cross is Jordan, hoping Egyptian permit to allow the crossing.
The convoy is expected to arrive in Gaza on December 27. A giant march also is planned in the land that still considered under Israeli occupation as Israel controls air, sea and land access to the Strip.
After this march, all the vehicles that comes with the convoy will be donated to the Palestinian people.