GAZA AID AIRCRAFT: Galloway says aid aircraft will fly to Gaza 9Dec10 December 11, 2010

The Palestine Chronicle -  9 December 2010

Former British lawmaker George Galloway has says that an aircraft is to take humanitarian aid to the Israeli-blockaded Gaza Strip, rallying support for the relief effort.

The pro-Palestinian activist, who has headed several Gaza-bound aid missions, asserted on Monday that humanitarian campaigners would in the future attempt to reach the impoverished coastal sliver by land, sea and air, the Palestinian-run International Middle East Media Center reported.

Galloway, last time, headed Lifeline 5, the fifth Gaza-bound convoy, organized by the UK-based charity Viva Palestina, which tried to break the siege.

The all-out Tel Aviv-imposed land, aerial and naval restrictions have been depriving Gaza’s 1.5-million-strong population of food, fuel and other necessities since mid-June 2007.

Galloway regretted, what he called, the Arab nations’ “negative position and weak commitment” to pro-Palestinian causes and urged them to contribute to the planned relief effort.

There are fears that the mission be fiercely confronted by Israel’s military which killed nine Turkish activists aboard the Ankara-backed humanitarian convoy, Freedom Flotilla, on May 31. Tel Aviv further deported the activists and diverted the supplies to the Israeli port of Ashdod in the south of Tel Aviv.

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