Press release for immediate use – Saturday 16th October
EPIC GAZA AID CONVOY SAILS TOMORROW
The Viva Palestina convoy will set sail from the port of Latakia, Syria, tomorrow morning, Sunday 17th October, bound for Gaza.
After a journey of 3,000 miles from England and four weeks on the road, the convoy is now just a couple of days away from its destination, the people of Gaza. The convoy has been joined by convoys from Morocco and Algeria and from Jordan and the Gulf States.
This will be the largest aid convoy to break the siege of Gaza since the Israeli war on Gaza in January 2009. The convoy includes some 40 survivors from the Mavi Marmara massacre over which Israel now faces prosecution in the International Criminal Court.
The convoy aboard two ships will pass through the point at which the Mavi Marmara was attacked and the ten human rights activists massacred. There will be a service of commemoration at that point and flowers will be laid on the water.
The convoy is then due to arrive in Al Arish, Egypt on Monday morning and will then proceed to drive the 40 kilometres to the Rafah Crossing. An ecstatic welcome is expected in Gaza where news of the convoy has been eagerly followed over the last four weeks since it set off.
For more information, please phone Rob Hoveman on 07889 726777