Aviv/Gaza (DPA): At least 20 demonstrators were arrested
Sunday as they attempted to enter the Gaza Strip from Israel to mark
the first anniversary of the three-week conflict.
The 22-day war claimed around 1,400 Palestinian lives within the
Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, according to human rights organisations,
and 13 Israelis.
According to Israeli police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld, more than 20
protesters were arrested at the border with Gaza, after a small riot
Israeli peace activist Haggai Matar said a total of 25 protesters
had been arrested after they demanded entry to the blockaded Gaza
Strip, and were refused.
Gaza Strip has been subject to a three-year blockade by Israel,
following the armed seizure of power by the militant Hamas.
According to Matar, the protesters carried ladders, and demanded the
Israeli army commander allow them entry.
responded that he could not promise that fire would not be opened on
the protesters. The protesters refused to evacuate the area and
demanded to be allowed to break the siege or be arrested,” Matar
said in a statement.
Meanwhile, a convoy of humanitarian aid led by the left-wing British
parliamentarian George Galloway is stuck at the Jordanian Red Sea
port of Aqaba, after Egypt apparently refused to allow the group
convoy comprises 210 trucks with supplies, accompanied by 450
activists from 17 countries, and was due to arrive at the Gaza
border town of Rafah Sunday.