Violence over Gaza aid efforts rocks Egypt

More than 50 injured in clashes

Eyewitnesses claim that at least 55 people have been injured in clashes between Egyptian police and pro-Palestinian activists trying to deliver aid to the Gaza Strip on Tuesday. The protests were sparked by Egypt’s decision to allow 139 aid vehicles loaded with medicine and other supplies from the UK to enter Gaza through the port of al-Arish, while requiring the remaining 59 vehicles to pass via Israel. The Viva Palestina convoy, led by British MP George Galloway, had already been delayed by more than a week, and left the UK nearly a month ago. Israel and Egypt have restricted travel into and out of the Gaza Strip since Hamas gained power in 2007. The blockade currently allows only basic supplies into Gaza.


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