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News, June 2010
Attempts to Break Brutal Israeli Siege of Gaza Continue by Indonesians, Gulf Arabs, and Yemenis
Indonesian parliamentary delegation arrives in Gaza
[ 29/06/2010 - 11:08 AM ]
A 35-member Indonesian parliamentary delegation led by speaker Marzouki Ali arrived in the Gaza Strip on a six hours inspection visit.
The delegates are expected to meet with deputies of the Hamas-affiliated change and reform parliamentary bloc and Palestinian government in Gaza.
Palestinian sources said that the parliamentarians would lay down the foundation stone of a hospital in Gaza and would tour the areas devastated by the Israeli war on the Strip 18 months ago.
The delegation is the fourth parliamentary team to arrive in Gaza since Israel tightened the siege on the coastal enclave in summer 2007.
Zahhar: Gulf fleet soon to head for Gaza
[ 29/06/2010 - 11:06 AM ]
MP Dr. Mahmoud Al-Zahhar, a political bureau member of Hamas, has said that a number of Gulf countries were planning to send a fleet of ships to the Gaza Strip to break the siege imposed on it for almost four years.
Zahhar told the British newspaper "The Independent" that a number of Gulf figures had told him that around 8 ships would be sailing from the Gulf heading for Gaza carrying relief materials within two months.
Asked on the prisoners exchange deal, the Hamas leader said that Israel was the one that foiled the deal that was about to be concluded.
He charged that Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu had opted to change his mind after accepting the German mediator's ideas in the first place, which aborted the agreement.
He said that the captors of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit refuse to allow the Red Cross or any other institution to visit him because they "trust no one".
Zahhar expressed absolute dismay at the West's backing of the Israeli siege on Gaza and denial of results of the Palestinian parliamentary elections, which Hamas won with a sweeping majority.
Yemeni activists organize biggest local flotilla for Gaza
[ 29/06/2010 - 09:20 AM ]
A number of Islamic activists in Yemen announced the initiation of a fund-raising campaign to organize the biggest Yemeni fleet to break the siege on Gaza.
MP Mohammed Al-Hazmi, who was one of our Yemeni activists on board the Freedom Flotilla that was attacked by Israeli forces at international waters late last month, said that the fleet's organizers were preparing four ships to join the fleet.
He said that the fund-raising campaign organizers will open a special account in all Yemeni banks to finance the sea voyage, adding that the fleet would set sail from a European or Turkish port by mid July.
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