New aid convoy to leave Scotland in coming weeks
by Saed Bannoura
A new convoy carrying medical and humanitarian supplies will be leaving Scotland in the coming weeks heading to the Gaza Strip. Scottish parliamentarian, Pauline McNeill,will be heading the convoy.
Pauline McNeill has been campaigning for peace and justice in Palestine since she was a student leader in the 1980s.
She was a founder member of the Cross-Party Group on Palestine when the Scottish Parliament was established and has served as Convener of the Group since 1999. Palestinian activist, Rami Abdo, said that the convoy will be carrying medical supplies and equipment urgently needed in Gaza hospitals. Abdo added that preparations for the convoy started more than six months ago. On Monday, and after another morning of intense negotiations with Egyptian authorities, a deal was reached to allow all of the members of a humanitarian convoy to enter Gaza. Viva Palestina had to make the sacrifice of agreeing to some vehicles, including their mascot, the fire engine and boat entering from the Al-Ouja Israeli controlled crossing point due to restrictions imposed by Egyptian law on the Rafah Crossing.
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