Viva Palestina activists finally enter Gaza despite Egypt

Activists in an international aid convoy finally reached Gaza after rejection and many restrictions imposed by Egyptian authorities, according to Al-Jazeera.

Viva Palestina activists finally enter Gaza despite Egypt

World Bulletin / News Desk

Activists in an international aid convoy finally reached Gaza after rejection and many restrictions imposed by Egyptian authorities, according to Al-Jazeera.

The Viva Palestina convoy which started its journey on December 16, onboard a ship, sponsored by a Gulf businessman, arrived in Egyptian port on Monday one-week later after the date that they initially hoped to reach Gaza Strip on the first anniversary of Israel's 22-day offensive.

Israel killed 1434 Palestinians, a third of them were children and wounded more than 5000 in Gaza enclave.

Cairo had also come under harsh criticism for refusal to let Viva Palestina aid convoy enter through the Nuweiba port on the Red Sea en route to Gaza.

The convoy was forced to make a debut to El Arish port on the Mediterranean Sea, an extra 20-hour trip.

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

A group of international lawyers and human rights activists accuse Israel of committing "genocide" through its crippling blockade of the Strip.

Egyptian security forces and Palestinians clashed at the Gaza border over the delay of an international aid convoy.

Violence

The Egyptian state news agency said Palestinians shot and killed the 21-year-old border guard who was in an observation tower overlooking the frontier. Nine other guards were injured by the stones thrown across the border by hundreds of Palestinians.

Meanwhile, 15 Palestinians were wounded.

The incident follows a late night clash between international aid Gaza activists and Egyptian security at El-Arish when Egypt refused to allow part of the convoy to enter its territory and move on to Gaza.

More than 50 activists and over a dozen members of the security forces were injured. Activists briefly seized some policemen as well.

The clashes add to the embarrassment of Egypt, which has come under fire from Arab and Muslim groups for cooperating with Israel in its 28-month blockade of the impoverished territory.
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