Lifeline 5 lands in El Arish en route to Gaza

[ 21/10/2010 – 11:26 AM ]


EL ARISH, (PIC)– The first batch of activists on the Lifeline 5 convoy arrived Wednesday night at the El Arish airport in Egypt in their last stop before heading out to the Gaza Strip to deliver humanitarian aid.

MENA news agency reported Wednesday that the first group of 155 activists was waiting to unite with another set of convoy members, with whom they would spend the night in El Arish in wait for the cargo ship carrying the humanitarian aid set to anchor at the El Arish port later tonight.

Official Lifeline 5 spokesman Zahir Al Beirawi said he was happy with Egypt’s decision to allow the convoy’s activists to travel by air to El Arish.

Informed by Egypt’s ambassador to Damascus Shawki Ismail, he said the decision had a very positive impact on the convoy members.

The Gaza-bound Lifeline 5 convoy left the Syrian port of Lattakia with delays due to poor weather conditions.

Exclusive sources told the PIC earlier that the state of Syria intervened with Cairo at the last minute to see the convoy’s entry into El Arish.

Lifeline 5 departed from the British capital of London on Sept. 12 and landed in Syria on Oct. 2 through the Bab Al-Hawa border crossing with Turkey. It consists of 43 trucks, 85 activists, and humanitarian aid contributed to the Gaza Strip by Europeans and Turks.

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Lifeline 5 lands in El Arish en route to Gaza.

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