Jordanian, Algerian and local activists protest Gaza siege
Published Monday 19/05/2014 21:52
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – Dozens of solidarity activists from Arab countries and locals from the Gaza Strip on Monday demonstrated at Gaza port against the ongoing siege imposed on the coastal enclave.
Activists from Jordan and Algeria boarded fishing boats and threw flowers in the sea in remembrance of Turkish activists who were killed by Israeli navy on board Mavi Marmara aid ship which was sailing to the Gaza Strip.
The ship was boarded by Israeli naval commandos on May 31, 2010 and they killed nine activists while trying to take control of the ship and force it to Israel’s Ashdod port for inspection.
Activists then held a news conference at Gaza seaport.
Palestinian lawmaker Jamal al-Khudari, who also chairs a local committee against the Gaza siege, highlighted that Gaza residents have been suffering severe shortage in food, medicine and construction material as a result of the crippling siege imposed since 2007.
Khudari added that “unity is necessary in order for the Palestinian people to realize their dreams, end occupation and Gaza siege and establish a state.”
Coordinator of the Miles of Smiles aid convoy Issam Yousif affirmed that aid convoys to Gaza would not stop.
Yahya Sari, a speaker of an Algerian solidarity group, boasted that “in Algeria, Jordan and all countries, we are united in order to break the arrogant and tyrannical blockade.”
Nizar Ayyash, a speaker of a Gaza Strip unio,n talked to the protestors about the daily suffering Gaza fishermen face especially after Israel reduced the fishing zone from 20 to 6 nautical miles.