Egyptian Police Block Aid Convoy to Palestinians
By Mohammad Baali
Albawaba.com – Arish, Egypt
Egyptian security forces on Friday blocked a convoy of trucks carrying aid to Palestinians, triggering protests by hundreds of Egyptian activists accompanying the convoy at the border town of Rafah.
Protestors chanted slogans against the blockade, calling on authorities to clear the way for the aid donated by Egyptian citizens and institutions.
The convoy, organized by the Popular Committee for Solidarity with the Intifada, in coordination with the professionals unions of doctors, engineers and lawyers, carried hundreds of tons of food and 500,000 pounds worth of medicines, said the organizers.
The security forces virtually emptied the streets of Arish before the convoy arrived.