Galloway announces new Gaza aid convoy

EAST End politician George Galloway told protestors campaigning against the Gaza blockade that a new convoy will head off there. The former Bethnal Green and Bow MP told a gathering of protesters outside the Israeli embassy in Kensington this weekend th

EAST End politician George Galloway told protestors campaigning against the Gaza blockade that a new convoy will head off there.

The former Bethnal Green and Bow MP told a gathering of protesters outside the Israeli embassy in Kensington this weekend that: "a land convoy will leave Britain shortly after the end of Ramadan in September and travel through Europe, down through Turkey and Syria into Jordan. We will ask the Egyptian government then to ensure passage from the port of Aqaba to Rafah and into Gaza."

He said there will also be a flotilla of boats heading there, with both convoys co-ordinated by the Viva Palestina charity.

Kevin Ovenden a trustee of Viva Palestina gave an eye-witness account of the attack by the Israeli army on the aid ship Mavi Marmara he was caught up in last week.

Mr Ovenden from east London worked as an aid in Mr Galloway's Westminster and Bethnal Green offices and arrived back in the UK on Saturday.

Nur Choudury from Tower Hamlets was also caught up in the attack on the convoy and was also deported by the Israelis to the Turkish capital Istanbul.

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