Gaza-bound aid convoy arrives at Rafah crossing 11Jun12 June 11, 2012

Ma’an News Agency  -  10 June 2012

EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — An international aid convoy arrived at the Rafah land crossing between Egypt and the Gaza Strip on Sunday, an Egyptian medical official said.

Head of the Egyptian Red Crescent, Jaber al-Arabi, told Ma’an that the aid convoy, which arrived from el-Arish, contains 10 tons of medicine and medical equipment.

Over 100 activists from 17 Arab countries were on board the convoy, which was led by Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood leader Humam Saed.

The convoy members will visit the Gaza Strip for one week, Saed said in a press conference.

Egyptian security forces checked the contents and trucks from Gaza will carry the medicine across.

Israel intensified its land, sea and air blockade of Gaza in 2007 when Hamas took control of the coastal strip.

In May, Egypt opened the Rafah crossing on its border with Gaza, allowing some residents to leave for the first time in years. The terminal is not equipped for the transfer of goods, and residents still rely on underground tunnels to smuggle in goods from Egypt.

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