Posts Tagged ‘FM Ahmed Abul Gheit’

Hosni Mubarak joins Israel in blockade of Gaza

January 18, 2010

Jean Shaoul,, January 18, 2010

Egypt has intervened forcibly to prevent international aid reaching Gaza, and has implemented new measures aimed at further tightening Israel’s illegal and inhumane blockade.

Israel stopped all but the most essential food and medicine entering Gaza in June 2007. Hamas, the Islamist party which won the parliamentary elections against Fatah in January 2006, took control of Gaza in order to pre-empt a Fatah coup backed by Israel, the US, Jordan and Egypt. Israel has also banned virtually all exports from Gaza.

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Egypt: No more aid convoys to Gaza Strip

January 11, 2010
Al Bawaba,  Jan 9, 2010
Ahmed Abul GheitAid 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.

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