Egypt blocks activist aid convoy to besieged Gazans

Egypt blocks activist aid convoy to besieged Gazans
Sat Jul 19, 2014 18:35:47

Egyptian army troops have prevented an aid convoy of 11 buses and 500 activists in north Sinai from reaching the Rafah border crossing with the Palestinian Gaza Strip, as humanitarian situation deteriorates in the besieged enclave .

There was a brief scuffle between some activists and army troops but no arrests were made.

Egypt usually keeps the crossing closed, citing a counter-insurgency operation against militants in north Sinai, but has allowed entry to Palestinians wounded in the 12-day Israeli offensive against Gaza civilians.

According to Gaza officials, at least 324 Palestinians, including 70 children, have been killed in the 12-day Israeli aggression against the besieged enclave.

More than 2,200 others have been injured since the Israeli deadly offensive began on July 8.

The United Nations says the number of displaced people of Gaza has almost doubled over the past 24 hours. More than 40,000 Palestinians are now homeless.



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