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Miles of Smile 28 arrives in Gaza

June 30, 2014 at 2:43 pm

The 28th convoy for Miles of Smiles arrived on Sunday evening in the Gaza Strip through the Rafah Crossing, carrying humanitarian aid for the Palestinian residents of the besieged enclave.

The convoy, which was received by an official government delegation headed by deputy Foreign Minister Ghazi Hamad, consists of 18 activists from three countries: Algeria, Sweden and Germany.

Head of the convoy Rashad Al-Baz said: “We came to show once again our support to the Palestinian residents of Gaza who are facing a siege. We will continue working to mobilise more convoys with humanitarian aid,” as reported by news website.

Al-Baz also directly addressed the residents of Gaza, saying that: “Despite the siege and the Israeli attacks, we came to Gaza to prove that we are standing with you. We pray for your prisoners to be released soon and for our brothers in Jerusalem to be more patient.”

Meanwhile, the head of the Algerian delegation, Ahmed Al-Ibrahimi, conveyed that Algerians continue their support of the Palestinian people. He said that they intentionally visited Gaza during Ramadan to express their solidarity by fasting with them.

For his part, Hamad welcomed the convoy, whose visit represents an effort to break the Israeli siege, and thanked all the participants for showing real support for the Palestinians.

Hamad reiterated the importance of such convoys, which have achieved psychological, political and economic successes and reinforced the importance of Palestine for all free people around the world.

In addition, the foreign minister said that the Israeli siege, as well as the daily strikes and assassinations in Gaza and the West Bank, are all “aggressive” actions aiming to push Palestinians to give up their rights. However, he stressed that Palestinians would continue their popular struggle to liberate Palestine and gain their rights, independence and freedom.