Aid convoys bound for the Gaza Strip will now be banned from passing through Egyptian soil after activists this week clashed with police, Egypt's foreign minister said in remarks published on Saturday. Ahmed Abul Gheit told Al-Ahram newspaper that members of one convoy led by British MP George Galloway committed "criminal" acts on Egyptian soil on their way to the Palestinian enclave.
"Egypt will no longer allow convoys, regardless of their origin or who is organising them, from crossing its territory," Abul Gheit said. "Members of the (Viva Palestina) convoy committed hostile acts, even criminal ones, on Egyptian territory," the foreign minister added.
Abul Gheit was speaking from Washington where he is on a visit to discuss the Middle East peace process. He said that, from now on aid, to the Strip must be handed over to the Red Crescent at El-Arish who will turn it over to the Palestinian chapter of the relief organisation in Gaza.