Road to Hope Convoy Reuniting in Egypt, could enter Gaza today
November 25, 2010
This has been an incredibly 5000 mile journey from London. The convoy has been split by forces beyond their control including Egypt’s demand that the convoy take a ship from Libya to Egypt through El Arish Port. This requires significant extra expense and most convoy members being left to fly as cargo ships are not able to take large numbers of people. The obtained significant notoriety when 10 members were kidnapped from Libya to Greece aboard the Greek owned Strofades IV. The owner and captain of that ship were subsequently charged with kidnapping. Some have speculated that outside forces may have played a role in that disruption to the convoy. “This has been an incredibly long road to Gaza and it highlights the incredible obstacles and potential dangers of helping the people of Palestine.” – Ken O’Keefe.
Three of the ten kidnapped convoy members (Ken O’Keefe, Khalid Omar Ali & Younus Malik) have managed to make it to Egypt in order to reunite with the rest of the convoy. They are awaiting the arrival of the 30 or so convoy members who are flying from Libya to Egypt today. Egypt also blacklisted 13 convoy members with no stated reason, most however were members of previous convoys or survivors of the Israeli attack on the Mavi Marmara in May 2010. The only remaining survivor of the Mavi Marmara thus far permitted by Egypt to enter Gaza is Ken O’Keefe who was involved in disarming two Israeli commandos.
The ship that brought three other convoy members, 30 convoy vehicles and £500,000 worth of humanitarian aid has offloaded at El Arish port today, after being blocked by Egypt for the last four days. If all goes smoothly the convoy will be entering Gaza through Rafah Crossing today. Although the convoy began with 101 members, it has dwindled to the necessary amount of drivers, 34.
Contact for Ken O’Keefe in Egypt – +20 150 290 6473 (alternate +20 188 206 778)
Contact for Dr. Saeb Shaath Egypt +20 129 594 582
Contact for Ken O’Keefe in Gaza +44 79444 01757 (alternate +970 599 536 642)
Convoy photos at Ken O’Keefe’s Facebook profil: