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Egypt Working with Road to Hope Convoy: Group Still Enroute to GazaTim King Salem-News.com
The convoy looks like it will reach Gaza...
(SALEM, Ore.) - An update on the Road to Hope Convoy rolled onto the group's Facebook page at 10:00 p.m. BST Friday 29 Oct 2010.
Ellie Merton wrote, "The convoy is in the border area of Libya, near Tobruk, staying in temporary accommodation until our very kind hosts can get enough hotel rooms together in Tobruk..."
According to information released later in the day by Libyaalyom.com, the Egyptian foreign ministry spokesman, Hossam Zakithe, said authorities will facilitate the road convoy through the port of Al-Arish, through the air and sea, and confirmed its refusal to receive the convoy by road.
Arabnews24.net reports that the organizers of the convoy intend to board vessels today in the port of Benghazi, heading to the Gaza Strip.
The stated aim of this convoy is to take humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza so that they realise that there are those who care for them.
"The Road to Hope convoy does not have any political motives and all volunteers seek to achieve humanitarian ends. The convoy team does not seek any confrontation with anyone but if the aid is prevented from entering Gaza, due measures (within the boundaries of the international law) will be taken to accomplish the humanitarian task."
You can check for updates on their Website, www.roadtohope.co.uk.
Organizers with the Road to Hope convoy say tThe Permanent Popular Committee for the Support of the Palestinan People, Libya in cooperation and coordination with the General Federation of NGOs in Libya have agreed to take all responsibilities related to the Road To Hope convoy in Libya.
They are also collecting donation and send their convoy Al Quds 5 with Road To Hope. Learn more: www.alamal.org.ly
Other updates from the Road to Hope convoy:
This overland convoy is the latest international effort to reach Gaza and deliver aid and a whole lot of moral support.
For history buffs, Tobruk, a city, seaport, and peninsula on Libya's eastern Mediterranean coast, near the border with Egypt, is famous for its role during World War II. The Australian 6th Division took Tobruk during a bloody battle on the 22nd of January 1941. The Australian 9th division ("the Rats of Tobruk") pulled back to Tobruk to avoid encirclement after actions at Er Regima and Mechili and reached Tobruk on 9 April 1941 where prolonged fighting against German forces followed.
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