Saturday, 19 July 2014

Egyptian convoy heads for Gaza as solidarity protests grow

A few hundred Egyptians took part in a solidarity rally with the Palestinian Gaza Strip in downtown Cairo on Sunday, chanting against Israeli attacks that have killed over 165 Gazans, mostly civilians, during the past week.

The protest call was launched by a solidarity movement, the Popular Campaign to Support the Palestinian Intifada, which is putting together a convoy of medical supplies needed in Gaza.

Protesters gathered at Egypt's Journalists Syndicate headquarters in downtown Cairo to have Iftar, the meal that breaks Muslims' fast in the holy month of Ramadan, and then held the demonstration, marching in a rally throughout the area.

Ahmad Saqr, 23, an artist, said Palestinians are facing all kinds of human rights violations. "I support Hamas since it represents resistance against Israel," he told Ahram Online. Saqr is worried the convoy won't be allowed in Gaza. Hamas' Al-Qassam Brigades fired hundreds of rockets into Israel after the launch of Israel's Operation Protective Edge on Tuesday. more


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