Viva Palestina convoy stranded, on hunger strike...
London - Ma'an - Over 400 volunteers travelling with British MP George Galloway's aid convoy to Gaza declared a hunger strike on Sunday, protesting the Egypt’s refusal to allow the convoy to dock in the port of Nuweiba, on the Sinai Peninsula.
"Volunteers on the convoy are on a hunger strike and will only take fluids until the Egyptian side gives them the nod," said Alice Howard, the convoy’s press officer.
She said the hunger strike began at 11:25 on Sunday, marking the first attack on
The convoy has been stranded in
"They told us to double back, return to Europe, then dock at the
"We are strong willed people and we're not going anywhere … the convoy will swell in size as we're stranded in Aqaba."
The Lifeline 3 convoy was due to enter
The group, carrying medical and humanitarian aid, is travelling with over 150 vehicles. Howard noted that formula and powdered milk destined for the coastal Strip has been melting in the sun, as a result of the Egyptian authorities' halt on travel.
"All that separates [the convoy] is a four hour journey. It's a small technical issue that can be resolved. They [the Egyptian authorities] have not been supportive."
The volunteers are currently residing in a car park, "With no means of bathing," Howard added. However, she described the reception in
"This is not a security issue … no one will turn back."
The convoy departed
In a news release issued by the convoy's organizers Galloway said "
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