7 December, 2009
British Member of Parliament George Galloway left the UK on Sunday with a convoy of humanitarian aid and will arrive in the Gaza Strip on 27 December, according to the de facto government’s director of the anti-siege committee, Hamdi Sha’ath.
Galloway’s Lifeline 3 convoy is expected to arrive with a consignment of 200 vehicles carrying humanitarian aid on 27 December, to mark the first anniversary of Israel’s devastating assault on the Gaza Strip last winter.
Meanwhile, Sha’ath announced that 30 European MPs are expected to arrive in Gaza by mid January 2010, travelling from Britain to France, Italy, Cyprus, Turkey, Syria, Jordan and Egypt before arriving at the Rafah border crossing into the Gaza Strip.
The European MPs will fly to Egypt on 15 January 2010 and are expected to be in Gaza the next day, Sha’ath added.
Various appointments have been made for the visiting EU MPs, including meetings with John Ging, director of UNRWA operations in Gaza, Palestinian lawmakers, NGOs and with the families who have lost relatives to Israeli attacks, in addition to visiting hospitals and areas destroyed by Israel’s Operation Cast Led, Sha’ath said.An international aid convoy is scheduled to take humanitarian supplies to the Gaza Strip from London, marking the first year anniversary of Israel’s three week war against Gazans.
The Viva Palestina convoy of 250 vehicles will deliver medical, humanitarian and educational aid to Palestinians who are suffering a long-running Israeli blockade on their territory since Hamas took control of the region in June 2007.
The convoys will depart from London on Sunday to pass through France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Austria, Italy, Greece and Turkey.
They are scheduled to enter Gaza on Dec. 27 after heading through Syria, Jordan and north along the Sinai Peninsula to Egypt.
The trip marks the first-year anniversary of Israel’s three week invasion of the Gaza Strip during which at least 1,350 Palestinians were killed.
Vive Palestina has been founded by British lawmaker George Galloway who has already delivered two convoys of aid to the Gaza Strip this year.