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News, January 2010
George Galloway Says More Convoys from Venezuela, South Africa & Malaysia, Haniya Hails Turkish, Libyan Support
Galloway: More convoys expected from Venezuela, South Africa, Malaysia
[ 07/01/2010 - 10:18 AM ]
British MP George Galloway has vowed that more aid convoys would be organized for Gaza from Venezuela, South Africa and Malaysia.
Speaking at a program for Al-Jazeera TV on Wednesday night, he said that the Venezuelan and South African presidents would head their countries' convoys while former Malaysian premier Mahathir Mohammed would head his country's aid convoy.
Galloway lashed out at the Egyptian authorities for assaulting members of the Lifeline-3 convoy in El-Arish just for bringing food and medicine to the besieged people of Gaza.
The Egyptian authorities promised to allow the convoy to enter Gaza through El-Arish harbor but they did not live up to their promises on the contrary they "besieged us, they locked us up, they betrayed us", he said.
The MP described El-Arish incidents as a "shame on Egypt", expressing conviction that 80% of the Egyptian people do not approve the way his convoy was treated.
He recalled that other convoys were treated in similar ways, adding that Egypt was playing the role of dividing the Arab world.
Galloway described statements by the Egyptian foreign ministry spokesman Husam Zaki in which he said that the convoy members did not abide by the Egyptian instructions as "Sheer lies".
Haniya hails Turkish, Libyan leaderships for their support of Palestine
[ 07/01/2010 - 09:52 AM ]
Ismail Haniya, the Palestinian premier, has appreciated the Turkish and Libyan support and assistance for the Palestinian people and cause especially during the Israeli war on Gaza and after it.
Haniya, who received Turkish and Libyan relief delegations respectively on Wednesday, said that both countries support Palestine on the political and relief levels with special attention to Gaza.
The Turkish team members relayed the Turkish people's admiration of the Palestinian people's "legendary steadfastness" while the Libyan delegates lauded Haniya and his government and the Palestinian people's sacrifices.
Meanwhile, a Turkish parliamentary delegation on Wednesday night held a press conference after entering Gaza within the Lifeline-3 international aid convoy.
The five MPs said that they came from Turkey to declare backing for the Palestine cause.
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