JORDANIAN AID CONVOY: arrives in Syria to join Artery of Life 5 5Oct10 October 5, 2010

IMEMC -  5 October 2010

A Jordanian aid convoy arrived in Syria on Monday to join the Artery of Life 5 solidarity flotilla that would heading to the Gaza Strip to deliver humanitarian and medical supplies.

The Artery of Live 5 arrived in Syria two days ago and started preparations to sail to Egypt before heading to Gaza by land.

Maisara Malas, member of the Jordanian convoy, stated that the convoy is loaded with medical supplies, 60 vehicles from Jordan, 12 vehicles from different Arab Gulf countries, and 138 human rights supporters, including 23 from Oman, Bahrain and Kuwait.

Maisara said that the convoy will be sailing to Al Arish Egyptian Port on Tuesday before heading by land to Rafah in order to challenge the Israeli siege and deliver the supplies.

The Artery of Life 5 started its trip last month after an official ceremony held in front of the British House of Commons. It arrived in Turkey on September 27 and then sailed to Al Lathiqiyya Port in Syria.

British MP, George Galloway, is heading the flotilla; is remains unclear whether Egypt will allow him into its territories especially since he was deported from Egypt, and was considered a “Persona non grata” by Egypt earlier this year.

Galloway is considered a leading figure of the Viva Palestina group that managed to organize a series of aid convoys to Gaza.

Egypt claims that Viva Palestina supporters had been involved in clashes with Egyptian security forces and policemen near the border with Gaza.

As the leader of the convoy, Galloway is being accused by Egypt of incitement, especially after he voiced harsh criticisms of the Egyptian government for its role in the Israeli-led siege on Gaza.

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