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Egypt not allowing in Asia aid ship, activists under threat for life

03 Jan

By TCN News,

New Delhi: The Asia Life line to Gaza ship carrying humanitarian supplies from Asia to the besieged residents of Gaza is being denied permission to arrive in the Egyptian port of El-Arish. The eight activists on board the ship have spent 13 hours without water and food. They are under threat for life.

The ship which had started from the port of Lattakia of Syria has been stopped 2kms from Al-Arish Port in Egypt. The eight activists on board the ship have run out of water and food supply. They are in the water for 13 hours without water and food. The conditions of two amongst them are said to be critical.

The eight activists on board the ship ‘Salam’ are Ajit Sahi (Journalist), Shaheen K Moidunny (Students Islamic Organisation of India–SIO), Brigadier Sudhir Savant (Former MP), Aslam Khan (AISA, JNU Delhi) and one delegate each from Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia and Azerbaijan.

Five Israeli naval vessels are tailing the ship carrying humanitarian supplies from Asia to the besieged residents of Gaza. Speaking via satellite phone, Shaheen Moidunny, who is on board the ship, told yesterday night that Israeli ships had been tracking the movements of their vessel for the last six hours. Radio contact had been established with the Israeli navy, informed Mr Suhail KK, former national president of SIO who is constant touch with the activists.

“We are only one hour away from the Egyptian port of Al-Arish, where the ship would be docked,” Mr. Moidunny told Suhail a few hours ago. He clarified that there were no plans to take the ship to Gaza. “All the humanitarian supplies would be taken overland from Al-Arish to the Rafa crossing on the Egyptian Gaza border,” Moidunny said.

Mr. Moidunny said only eight persons were on board the aid ship, while the rest of the activists from several Asian countries had been flown into Egypt from Syria.

The remaining delegates had already reached Gaza today morning by air. The convoy, which set off from New Delhi on December 2, was scheduled to reach Gaza by December 27, a day ahead of the second anniversary of Israel’s 22-day war on Gaza.

The convoy leader Bishruddin Sharqi can be contacted on phone: +919810650228.

And the volunteers on the ship may be contacted via satellite phone:
+8821621294881

Source : http://www.twocircles.net/2011jan03/egypt_not_allowing_asia_aid_ship_activists_under_threat_life.html

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