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International aid must be allowed to enter Gaza – Sinn Féin

28 December, 2009 - by Raymond McCartney

Sinn Féin MLA for Foyle Raymond McCartney has said that the Egyptian Government must allow the international aid convoy, “Viva Palestina Convoy”, to bring humanitarian aid across the border and into Gaza.

Mr McCartney, who was recently in the Middle East as part of a Sinn Fein delegation, was speaking after it emerged that activists taking part in the convoy have began a hunger strike in protest against the stance of Egypt and to allow them to bring the aid to Gaza.

Mr McCartney said;

“Firstly my thoughts are with those men and women, currently in Jordan, who are taking part in this hunger strike, I am conscious that both Caoimhe Butterly and John Hurson from Ireland are taking part.

It is completely unacceptable that the Egyptian Government would deny the much needed medical and charitable aid to enter Gaza.

One year on from the last Israeli bombardment we see the rights of people in Gaza continued to be denied at an international level; this is totally unacceptable and must be challenged at an equal, international level.

I hope that the Egyptian Government will end their current stance and that those taking part in the Hunger Strike will be able to continue en route to Gaza, safe and healthy.” CRÍOCH

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