MILES OF SMILES: convoy leaves Gaza 13Nov09 November 15, 2009

IMEMC -  13 November 2009


Miles of Smiles Convoy left the Gaza Strip on Friday evening after spending 48 hours in the coastal region and delivering humanitarian supplies.

Convoy members handed medical equipment and supplies to the Al Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, toured several areas devastated by the war, and also met several officials of the Hamas-led government in Gaza.

They were allowed into the Gaza Strip late on Wednesday evening after being stuck in Egypt for more than 25 days as the Egyptian Authorities initially prevented them from crossing.

60 Activists representing 10 European countries managed to enter the Gaza Strip to deliver the supplies.

Gaza humanitarian convoy still stuck in Egypt

IMEMC -  18 October 2009


A Humanitarian aid convoy sent by different groups in several parts of Europe is still stuck in Bour Sa’id Egyptian port as the Egyptian Authorities are not allowing the convoy to enter Egypt on its way to the Rafah terminal.

Dozens of activities from France, Belgium, German and the Britain arrived in Egypt several days ago in order to be part of the ‘Miles of Smiles’ convoy.

Convoy organizers were holding talks with the Egyptian Authorities to ensure the aid makes it into Gaza.

Jamal Al Nunu, representative of the Arab-German Society said that the organizers were surprised when the Egyptian Authorities told them that they should move their aid convoy from Bour Sa’id to Al Arish port instead of Rafah port.

Al Nunu said that the activists considered this decision as blackmail or an unrealistic condition made by the Egyptian Authorities to obstruct the aid from reaching Gaza.

He added that the humanitarian aid is loaded onto 60 trucks and that moving everything from Bour Sa’id to Al Arish requires weeks.

The trucks are loaded with hundreds of power chairs, and minibuses for transporting students with special needs.

The aid convoy was organized by a ‘Partners for Peace and Development’ British foundation in cooperation with the International Committee to Break the

Siege headed by the former Lebanese Prime Minister, Dr. Salim Al Huss.

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