Activists trying to rebuild Gaza Strip 26Mar11 March 27, 2011

Press TV -  26 March 2011

A group of activists have traveled from Egypt to the Gaza border with the aim of supplying cement to help Gazans rebuild their homes.

The group, which is made up of 14 Egyptians and an American, include engineers and lawyers who intend to assess the situation in the Israeli-besieged Gaza Strip, a Press TV correspondent reported on Friday.

They brought ten tons of cement to the border in an attempt to improve the infrastructure in Gaza.

“Obviously, these supplies are not enough, but it is a symbolic move. It shows that the Egyptian people are with the Palestinian cause and Gazan people. What has been happening to Gaza is wrong,” said one of the activists.

The move comes as the Egyptian authorities were hesitant to accept or deny the cement from going through, but the group stepped up the pressure by camping outside the border, and was adamant on staying for however long it takes.

“We see that there is no legal constraint for Egypt to keep Rafah as a personnel border crossing only. We feel that it could be opened for commercial goods. That is still up for debate,” said another activist.

Israel laid siege to Gaza in 2007, restricting access to food, water, medicine and other vital necessities.

Ever since the siege, humanitarian moves to provide aid and construction materials for the people in Gaza have been seriously beaten back by the Israeli military.

Earlier in May 2010, an Israeli military operation against six ships of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, carrying aid to the coastal enclave, left nine activists dead and several others wounded.

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