Miles of Smiles Convoy 23 has arrived in the Gaza Strip, with solidarity activists from around the world entering the besieged territory, including some from Algeria, Libya, Jordan, Britain, Sweden and Malaysia. Partners for Peace & Development for Palestinians (PPDP) said in a media statement that the latest Miles of Smiles convoy which is not only showing solidarity with the people of Gaza but also trying to break the siege.
The organisation pointed out that the leadership of Miles of Smiles has been consulting the authorities in Egypt to discuss the possibilities and mechanisms for supporting aid convoys to Gaza and to find alternatives to the tunnels which were destroyed to protect Egyptian sovereignty. "The convoy leaders found the Egyptian authorities to be receptive," said PPDP, "which resulted in a consignment of canned meat and medical supplies being allowed through the Rafah Crossing earlier this week, as well as ambulances, disability transport and cleansing vehicles." Followed, said PPDP, by the convoy personnel on Thursday.
The Miles of Smiles leadership has urged everyone not to step back from supporting their brothers and sisters in the Gaza Strip because of the political events in Egypt. "Egypt will take good steps early next month towards facilitating the passage of aid convoys to the Gaza Strip," the convoy leader insisted.