Asian aid ship in besieged Gaza after obstacles

Israel said it "eased" the blockade after its May 31 raid on a flotilla of aid ships seeking that killed nine Turkish activists and drew international condemnation.

Asian aid ship in besieged Gaza after obstacles


The Asia 1, an aid convoy backed by nations in Southeast Asia which drove from India to Syria and sailed for Egypt, arrived in the besieged Gaza Strip on Sunday evening, Egyptian officials said.

One hundred and twelve of the 160 activists traveling with the convoy were allowed entry into the coastal enclave, with Iranian and Jordanian activists excluded.

As the activists entered Gaza, the aid from the ship was being unloaded at El-Arish, the Egyptian port city, and will enter Gaza on Monday morning, officials said.

Activists entering Gaza were from India, Japan, Indonesia, Pakistan, Malaysia, New Zealand and Kuwait. It was scheduled to reach Gaza by 27 December, in time for the second anniversary of Israel's 22-day offensive on the Strip. In that attack, Israel killed up to 1500 Palestinians, mostly civilians, and 13 Israelis, 10 of them soldiers died.

The boat carried one million dollars (760,000 euros) worth of medicine, foodstuffs and toys as well as four buses and 10 power generators for hospitals.

Israel said it "eased" the blockade after its May 31 raid on a flotilla of aid ships seeking that killed nine Turkish activists and drew international condemnation.


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